We can help with
Accessible responsive websites
Providing websites that work across a range of devices and zoom levels is critical for reaching your audience. We can help build websites that work across every screen size.
Accessible native mobile applications
We have experience building accessible native mobile apps which come with their own challenges such as consideration for assistive technologies, gestures and touch targets.
Assistive technology integration
We understand how varying input methods and assisting technologies work, such as mouth wands, eye tracking software, screen readers, alternative keyboards, and voice recognition.
We help ensure that your product can be navigated using a keyboard in a smart and seamless way, speeding up interactions not only for those using screen readers, but for all users.
WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines
We have a depth of experience working with the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines to ensure components and patterns adhere to these minimum accessibility requirements.
Working with a11y tools and services
We employ a range of a11y tools and services including plugins, browser extensions and working with third-party consultants to ensure our interfaces meet the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.
Our approach to Accessibility
At Thinkmill, we believe accessibility touches every facet of the design of web and mobile application interfaces. By making websites and applications accessible, we can ensure that all our users can easily access the information and services they deserve.
A few accessible experiences we’ve built
We helped an Australian Government department build an accessible Design System to support their digital transformation goals.
We co-led the design and development of the open source Agriculture Design System (AgDS). Accesibility support was noted as exemplary by independent third-party auditors.
We’re helping Vocal transform a multi-million user publishing platform to be WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.
Once Vocal’s early phase growth ambitions were achieved, we turned our lens to improving the accessibility of the website through thoughtful changes to interfaces and patterns. The consistency and predictability achieved from following the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines is greatly improving our ability to deliver future accessible features at speed.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Thinkmill, we believe that by making websites and applications accessible, we can ensure more of our users are able to access the information and services they need. Accessible software increases the reach of products and broadens the demographic of people who can now interact with it. As well as this, improving the user experience for those with vision, cognitive and/or neurological impairments, or impaired motor function, also improves the user experience for all users.
Building accessible software at Thinkmill is an ongoing conversation between design and engineering, in addition to other stakeholders and disciplines. Visual considerations like text size and contrast are often thought of by designers, but equally important accessibility concerns – like the experience of those using screen readers – is mostly taken care of in the code. Through thoughtful collaboration, a holistic approach can be taken towards building an accessible experience.
We have accessibility experts that can assess your existing product or app for accessibility issues. We go beyond the WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines as a simple compliance checklist and can utilise a range of accessibility tools and manual testing to provide an in-depth assessment of your software.
Learn more about our Accessibility work
Deep dive into more articles and videos related to the craft of making products available to everyone.
Accessibility in Design Systems
Jordan Overbye spoke at React Sydney about our collaboration with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry to implement AgDS – a modern and accessible React Design System. AgDS achieved AA-level compliance against WCAG 2.1 and is noted as an exemplary implementation of an accessible React-based design system by independent accessibility consultants, Intopia.
Accessibility at Thinkmill
How we approach the multi-faceted world of accessible design, and how improvements made for one user group can benefit all of us.·4 min read
The $64,000 question to create more accessible and inclusive experiences
Empathising with your blind users to create better experiences for all.·8 min read
Project walkthrough: Agriculture Design System
Watch Jordan Overbye and Nathan Simpson outline the origins of our recent collaboration with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry to implement a modern and accessible React Design System.