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The most common design elements to check for are color contrast between text / background and the meaning of color to give information. But these aren’t the only things to take into consideration to improve your design.
Here are a few major issues to address. At the end of the page you’ll find links to good resources with more examples and solutions.
Check the color contrast ratio between text and it’s background. The rules in WCAGWCAGWCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/. 2 AA guidelines are: Color contrast ratio between text and background must be 4.5 or more for normal text and 3.1 or more for text of at least 24 pixels or 19 pixels bold.
Note: Logos and logotype are frequently exceptions to accessibilityAccessibilityAccessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) guidelines, including color contrast rules. If you’re designing a new logo, however, it might be a good idea to consider them, anyway.
Add text with icons, if they are an essential part of the functionality. Make sure interactive elements such as navigation menus are labelled correctly. Not every user understands the icons (hamburgers) that are obvious to you.
Keep together what belongs together: place related links or controls near each other.
Some people don’t have an overview of everything that’s on a page, like people with glaucoma. Don’t make them search for a submit button that’s on the bottom right, while the input fields is on the top left, for example.
Make the order of things logical, most users read from top to bottom. For example, do not put required check boxes below the submit button in a form.