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International Community Health Services is a nationally recognized nonprofit community health center that provides affordable health care services to King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
In 2015, we upgraded the 300+ page site with a new mobile responsive design. New site features include:
improved information architecture, with custom menus and clearer calls-to-action
more dynamic homepage content
translation for multiple languages
font resizer and contrast toggle for visitors with disabilities
simple online contact form, social media integration
extended footer with Quick Links
overall improved accessibility and usability features
Scope of Work: Front-end web development, Performance optimization, Rebranding, Security hardening, Visual redesign, WCAG 2.0 Accessibility
Team: Scott Marlow, Charles Cotugno Photography, Tami Vileta
Skills Inc. is one of the region’s largest non-profit employers for persons with disabilities. One of the most respected aerospace manufacturers in Puget Sound. They are unique in their approach to diversity, inclusion, and leadership – adhering to two bottom lines: social and enterprise. Showing their diverse workforce in action as their competitive advantage informs all the brand work, including the website, designed by Pinpoint Strategic Communications.
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When we decided to take our website to the next level we turned to Marketing by Marlow. We use a very collaborative approach which includes our outside consultants, suppliers and vendors. Scott’s style of management and design meshes well with our team.
He brings a high level of expertise, competence and energy to the table while simultaneously listening to others. This is key to the conceptualization of any design and implementation process. He stays current with trends and technology.
Above all Scott is super easy to work with and he produces results. We think of Marketing by Marlow as an extension of our marketing and branding activity. We definitely think of Scott as a member of the Skills Inc. family. Cheryl Roe, Director of Programs, Development & Marketing, Skills Inc.
A microsite for a corporate client to educate and communicate with seniors about living and care options.
A font-resizer and high contrast toggle help low-vision seniors, while the online chat link is visible only during operational chat hours to avoid confusion and frustration. An online form also makes it easy for visitors with only webmail to make contact.
WordPress Accessible Theme Development: Scott Marlow
The mission of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services.
For example, W3C recently deprecated the “hgroup” tag that allowed multiple h1/h2 headers in site mastheads – this created semantic issues for site visitors using Assistive Technology devices.
It’s highly unlikely for any theme to be 100% accessible, but there are improvements that can be made. Here’s an abbreviated list of accessibility features that we integrated into IAAP’s TwentyTwelve child theme:
reduced main line width to 80 characters
added 2 visual identifiers to link hover state
increased all text color to minimum hex value of #666666
removed title attributes from all links
removed target attribute (opening new windows/tabs) from all links
added Post Title to ‘read more/continue reading links’
properly marked up Posts on the post page as H2s, instead of H1s
Additional usability improvements for low-vision site visitors included:
high-contrast toggle button
high-contrast reverse link hover state
a “visual change” to links that exceeds a 4.6 to 1 contract and an additional visual marker (an underline) to insure a proper visual difference for the visually disabled to actually see links
HLA needed to migrate their award-winning design from a static HTML site to an easy-to-edit Content Management System. Following the existing branding elements, I converted the design into a mobile responsive website that can now be easily edited by the nonprofit’s volunteers.