The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the international standards organisation, founded by web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. W3C develops standards and guidelines to help everyone build a web based on the principles of accessibility, internationalisation, privacy and security.
In March 2020, following a global public tender, Studio 24 was appointed to redesign the website for W3C.
What did we learn from the W3C project?
Working with W3C has been an amazing experience for the Studio 24 team. We have written about things we have learned both as individuals and as an agency. Highlight posts include:
- Choosing a front end framework – our discussion with W3C on what CSS framework / approach to take
- A series of posts on the CMS section process:
- Building the main navigation – how we iterated the navigation design for accessibility and usability
- The W3C Design System is live
You can read more about the project and our work on our blog.
Accessible front-end development
As a result of this project, we developed our own open source accessible front-end starter kit called Amplify.
Amplify has been accessibility tested, including with people with disabilities, as part of the W3C redesign project.
Studio 24 team
In the 20-year history of Studio 24, it feels as if we’ve been leading up to a project like this. Our company mission to bring together human-centered design and open source technology is ideally fitted to a client such as W3C.
Owners and creators of products have to take responsibility to ensure audiences aren’t marginalised or ignored. There should be no second class experience.
As a team we are proud to have been recognised in the 2023 Gaady Awards. The Gaadys celebrate outstanding digital products that support the GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) Foundation’s mission to disrupt the culture of technology and digital product development to include accessibility as a core requirement.
The W3C website is a valuable resource for web developers and designers, and the new redesign makes it even more accessible to everyone. Studio 24’s work on this project is a shining example of how accessibility can be achieved without sacrificing design or usability.