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Equipment Direct

Equipment Direct

Equipment Direct Homepage Design
Equipment Direct user customisation page

Equipment Direct is a free service, which helps and informs older and impaired users of available services and utilities to help them, achieve independent living. One of the primary objectives of the site was to promote a sense of community and encourage users to join social and activity groups as well as being active contributors to the website.

While designing this site, it was important that the design and the background HTML provided the best possible experience for the widest possible range of users. The team at Equipment Direct helped us enlist a group of volunteers with varying disabilities ranging from dyslexia and arthritis to vision and mobility impairments. This group of volunteers provided some amazing feedback and held nothing back when it came to testing and refining the design.

It was clear very early on the final design should be as un-technical and simple as possible. The common metaphor of Tab navigation proved the easiest to understand with the majority of users and content visually grouped in boxes proved very popular with the screen magnification software users. The colours are based on research into on screen readability for users with visual and impairments and learning difficulties.

Please note: the Equipment Direct Team now maintains this site.