An Agent for Change

Developing audiences, creating new relationships & breaking down boundaries

A team of Agents are working across the country in arts venues to create, administer and advise on how the building and team can work more accessibly with Deaf/disabled artists, performers, audiences, participants and other members of staff.

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The Challenge

We were approached by the New Wolsey Theatre to work on a two-part ground-breaking touring project. As part of the Project we were commissioned to develop a website which would:

- Be fully accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing users
- Be fully accessible to blind or partially sighted users
- Be easily navigated on various portable devices
- Display content in a readable manner without compromising on user experience.

The Solution

Putting to use a flexible and editable CMS, we were able to create a website which the agents at An Agent for Change could easily add to and edit content going forwards.

We developed a way for the team to share resources where visitors will be able find out how to be more accessible, how to embed change in their organisation, how to find support & how to make small steps to success. We also developed a way for guest bloggers, event managers and agents for change to post their stories / news for approval.

We followed best coding practices (WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)) to ensure the site conforms to accessibility guidelines. We also integrated a handy toolbar from ReciteMe for those in need of accessibility tools to enhance the website. The toolbar features a narrator, font size adjuster, theme changer, ruler, magnifying glass and much more.

Finally we ensured that the site was useable and performed well across the broad spectrum of devices and browsers.

CMS

We developed a custom implementation of the ever-popular WordPress content management system, taking advantage of its flexibility to create a modular publishing platform.

WordPress is one of the most commonly used website platforms on the web with over 60 million installations to date. It has been used by some of the biggest companies around the world such as flickr, MIT, Vogue, NASA, 10 Downing Street, New York Times and many more.

We incorporated a set of content modules that editors can choose from when posting new content, allowing for total freedom and editorial design, while retaining a consistent look and feel across the site.

I have worked with Martin on two new websites for a complicated project. Martin at Pixel Pudu has made this process painless and has taken the time to understand the needs of the project and has matched the brief perfectly.

‐ Stephen Skrypec, New Wolsey Theatre