This project tasked me to find ways to make our school’s museum DOMA, David Owsley Museum of Art, more accessible.
This was of my most challenging projects to date, I was outside of my area of expertise due to how little I knew about low vision. My initial exposure to low vision was through my academic advisor Kielan Williams, without her experience and guidance, this project would not have been possible.
My research began with a tour of DOMA with Kielan to learn what aspects of the museum aided in her experience and what was detrimental to her experience. Witnessing her challenges with reading gallery content inspired me to focus my efforts on how I could design a more accessible experience.
Low vision is a wide spectrum of vision loss and the majority of one size fits all solutions do not work. Some low vision users might use a portable magnification device to aid their reading. These tools, while very useful, can be cumbersome while viewing labels and other written content due to the fact that the user has to find an optimal position to view and magnify the written content. I found that customization of the written content is needed in order to provide the most flexible reading experience.