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Making Digital Assets Accessible: Infographics

A resource to help you create accessible digital assets for projects, classes, or use online.

Accessible Infographics

"Infographics use striking, engaging visuals to communicate information quickly and clearly." - Venngage

If the information you are trying to convey is important enough to put into an infographic, it is important enough that everyone should be able to access the information. Because infographics are visual material, they are fundamentally not accessible to users with visual or cognitive disabilities. 

When creating an infographic, designers should always consider the following accessibility best practices:

  • Text display: Text should always be clear and easy to understand for maximum reader comprehension. Avoid using difficult to read font, small text and ensure the language and tone in written text is appropriate to ensure the audience remains engaged.
  • Images: When images or graphics are included within an infographic, those images must also be described if they convey important meaning or message. 
  • Links: If there are links in an infographic, the link text must clearly describe where the link is going to take a user. Do not use link phrases such as “click here” or “read more” and always ensure the link can be easily distinguished to users. Please note: links in an image infographic are not accessible.  
  • Color contrast: When using color in an infographic, always make sure there is enough color contrast between the foreground content and background content. When the foreground and background colors are too similar, users will have a hard time understanding the information.
  • Structure: an infographic must always have a logical structure that includes titles and heading levels.
  • Mobile Display: Avoid making large infographics as they cannot be properly displayed on mobile devices.  

from: Universal Design Center at California State

A good website to assist with making your infographic more accessible is the Universal Design Center at California State University