Un-inclusive Inclusivity Document

As part of the work i’m doing at AIG on a building in Manchester i’m consulting the Design For Access 2 document issued by Manchester City Council

I can safely say that this is one of the most unpleasant documents i’ve ever read, not because of the conent, but because fo the horrendous colour choice they’ve made.

Presumably this meets some esoteric metric about maximum contrast (and therefore legibility) but the result is something that can barely be read for bursts of more than 10 seconds.

In attempting to be inclusive they’ve positively discriminated me as someone with good, normal eyesight. This is an amazing example of the power of box ticking in ruining design processes.

It also raises the ongoing presumption that all disability groups can be lumped together and catered for with singular and fundamentally thoughtless approaches.

Have a look at this page and see if you can bare to read it:

Awful Tech Books

So, maybe i’m drifting off the main thrust of this site, but I haven’t really got another output for this kind of comment so i thought i’d do what any right minded nutcase with a website would do and post it.

Why is it that technical books for computer development are visually summarily terrible? Aren’t there any publishers out there with any desire to produce things of even the slightest semblance of beauty? Witness this abomination:

This is a genuine book cover from an eBook for sale for about $12, presumably in the style of the O’Reilly books with animals on. I’ve actually always admired O’Reilly for pursuing such a sureal line of book cover on which to be judged.

But the one above tipped me over the edge. The worst thing is when you open them up:

Someone sort this out please…