Colleen Gratzer is an award-winning designer with almost 25 years of experience in branding, print, and web design and development. Since 2016, she has specialized in accessibility. She has provided InDesign accessibility training to the U.S. Department of the Interior, appeared on several podcasts and given presentations about accessibility. Her client-based business, Gratzer Graphics, provides design and accessibility services to nonprofits, creative firms and developers. Through Creative Boost, she hosts the Design Domination podcast; educates designers and developers about freelancing issues, design and the importance of accessibility; and offers accessible branding and website accessibility courses and other resources. She is a member of the IAAP, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
When you start out as a graphic designer it’s easy to become an order taker, to do exactly as the client asks. This can make you feel, and be treated like a puppet on a string. But how do you move away from that? On this weeks podcast Ian interviews Colleen Gratzer to discover how you become the expert, allowing you to become the puppeteer. A designer who understands the why behind every project, who solves the problem, and is trusted by clients to provide the most effective solution. In this episode we also discuss Brand Style Guidelines, to understand why you should provide one to your clients, what details should be included, and how to put one together. Colleen Gratzer is the face behind Design Domination, a podcast and community for aspiring graphic designers. She also runs her own design practice, Gratzer Graphics, which she started back in 2003, so all advice she offers is very current, genuine and helpful. Resources Mentioned Brand Style Guide Template Creative Boost Design Domination – Podcast & Facebook Community Designing Brand Identity – Buy on Amazon UK | Amazon US Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring this episode of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.
Accessibility aspect of websites is finally getting more attention thanks to recent lawsuits in the US. Is making a WordPress website that is also accessible a complicated process? What are the critical elements for creating an accessibility compliant website? Colleen Gratzer is here to share practical information about website accessibility. 01. Understanding Compliance Accessible sites…
I talk to long time comrade Colleen Gratzer about running a creative business and also the launch of her Website Accessibility Course.
Every journey is different. This week we jump into the time machine with Colleen Gratzer as she tells us her story. Her agency has evolved since 2003 and over the last few years she’s been deep diving into accessibility. She blows Lee’s mind with all the things he hadn’t even thought of in regards to accessibility as well as the user experience beyond the user interface. Thankfully she throws in hope by sharing the details of her upcoming accessibility course! Phew! Full show notes here - https://agencytrailblazer.com/podcast/unpacking-accessibility/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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4
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4
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3 hours, 5 minutes
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