Accessibility - Our Experience & Accessible Website Design Portfolio

Accessibility; Web Design to W3C Standards

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

Accessible W3C Website Design Experience

We have extensive experience of designing websites to International standards of Accessibility having created accessible websites for clients including The University of Central England, Learner Support and Birmingham Universities Personal Assistance Scheme - a project run by the three Birmingham Universities.

Below are 3 websites we have developed that meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and many other standards such as 'Bobby Approved', HTML, 'LYNX inspected' (text only browser), etc. including to the highest standard possible W3C AAA.

Some of our Accessible Websites

The Law Society - Diversity Census Online Questionnaire

The Law Society is the regulatory body which represents solicitors in England and Wales and works towards influencing law. It has recently launched a nationwide project which targeted all its membership.

SynergiDesign won the contract and created the software (secure, interactive, web-standards compliant, meeting the highest of web accessibility W3CAAA standards, web software) to undertake this marketing activity and analyse its success.

Development and Design Summary:

"The level of activity generated by these campaigns met or exceeded our expectations."

"SynergiDesign accomplished the above tasks to very tight timescales. They listened to and understood our requirements, offered sound, thoughtful advice, and delivered on or before our deadlines. I have no hesitation in recommending SynergiDesign for such tasks. Their expert, timely assistance has allowed us to make significant progress on a sensitive, business-critical project."

John Rieger - The Law Society

Nevett & Taylor - Insurance Brokers Website

Nevett and Taylor insurance brokers provide advice and cover on a wide range of insurance & Financial Services, they also run two specialist schemes offering insurance for disabled students to cover computer equipment funded by the Disabled Student Allowance and for Tennis and sports clubs whether it be large national centres or smaller local clubs.


Web design summary:

Clear Links Accessible W3C AAA Website Design

Clear Links provide services for disabled and dyslexic people in their workplace or in further and higher education. Their website accessibility conforms to the highest international levels of accessibility - W3C Triple A (AAA).

Web design summary:

"SynergiDesign were originally recommended to me by another organisation. In our business we are required to meet certain standards in relation to accessibility, for example in relation to our web pages and literature. There are not many design companies which have the expertise which we require, however Synergi do have that knowledge and expertise. Synergi also took a lot of time to find out what type of company we were, and developed a style for us which reflects us and what we do - we offer a very professional service in a very friendly way - we think that what we've got from Synergi in terms of our corporate identity demonstrates this for us. People have commented positively about our website, and our colours and logo. Another great thing about Synergi is that they are lovely people to deal with; we value our relationship with them; they are responsive to our requirements and are very customer orientated."

Marie Norris - Director, Clear Links

Accessible Web design for Learner Support

Learner Support Website & Printed Materials

This website was produced to enable a new company, established to provide learner support nationally for students in further and higher education, to publicise its services to disabled students, tutors, Careers advisors and others. We were selected to design this website because our previous work (see above) had been admired by the Director. The website was constructed to a strict budget and had to fulfil certain time constraints as well as meeting robust accessibility standards.

Web design summary:

"Synergi Design staff are very professional and efficient, whilst also being particularly friendly and approachable. Because of their technical ability the website which they developed is fully accessible to our client group. We are very pleased with it and have received complimentary comments from our service users.

We have been working with Synergi since October 2003 and because of the positive relationship, are continuing to work with them in the future"


Director, Learner Support

Website design for Think Uni

University of Central England; ThinkUni Website

We developed this website in partnership with disability project managers for the University of Central England, Aston University & University of Birmingham. The website was designed to provide information for disabled potential students about their support needs at university. The website is also used extensively by Careers advisors, further education and sixth form tutors.

Web design summary:

"It was extremely important that the website should be accessible for people with disabilities, particularly those that are blind or dyslexic as this reflects a large portion of students with disabilities in higher education. Synergi have ensured complete compliance with accessibility standards, without compromising on visual presentation or creativity of design"

Mark Ellerby, Welfare Services Manager, University of Central England. "

Background Information

The W3C WAI is an international project concerned with ensuring that disabled people can enjoy equal access to the web. In May 1999, WAI published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which have become the de facto standard for web accessibility in many countries of the world.

International Standards We Design to

Level Triple-A conformance, W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

Web Accessibility Initiative. Conformance Level AAA of the W3C (The international web standards organisation) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, including all Priority 1,2 and 3 checkpoints which explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines helps make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and will benefit all users.

HTML 4.01 logo

Compliance to international standards of HTML (the programming language behind the web).

Cascading Style sheet standards logo

That the web page meets Cascading Style sheet standards (the language that should be used for the presentation (styling) of a website.

Extensible HTML (programming language) logo.

That the web page complies to international standards of Extensible HTML (programming language).

That the web page is viewed accurately on a text only Browser - we use Lynx

That the web page is viewed accurately on a text only Browser - we use Lynx

We have attained and exceeded many industry standards in this regard.

Testing Websites for Accessibility

Just a few of the tests we conduct on our accessible websites:

  • Thoroughly tested to ensure compliance to international standards, thereby guaranteeing that different browsers will render the web page as intended and that assistive technology (which is designed considering these standards) works well
  • Tested on a text only browsers
  • Use Bobby / Watchfire software to test the validity to accessibility (WAI) standards of web pages
  • Using screen reader software - does the site read out as intended?
  • Check for sufficient colour contrast - is it readable?
  • Will the website work with Graphics and Flash turned off in the Browser?
  • That it works in different browser resolutions
  • Different platforms - MAC and PC
  • Different Browsers
  • That the text size can be altered.

Contact us if you would like us to review your website and test for WWW / W3C AAA accessibility standards.

Branding, Corporate Stationery & Poster design for Clear Links

Clear Links Corporate Identity & Web Design

Clear Links provide services for disabled and dyslexic people in their in further and higher education and in the workplace. The service also recruits and supports disability support workers in a wide variety of roles.

SynergiDesign is experienced in designing websites to high standards of website accessibility and has a long established working relationship with Marie Norris, Clear Links director, who is a specialist in the field of disability.

Web site accessibility was key to the design and functionality of the Clear Links website and the partnership has resulted in a highly successful, accessible website project with full functionality that is clear cut with maximum ease of use.

Print design summary:

"SynergiDesign were originally recommended to me by another organisation. In our business we are required to meet certain standards in relation to accessibility, for example in relation to our web pages and literature. There are not many design companies which have the expertise which we require, however Synergi do have that knowledge and expertise. Synergi also took a lot of time to find out what type of company we were, and developed a style for us which reflects us and what we do - we offer a very professional service in a very friendly way - we think that what we've got from Synergi in terms of our corporate identity demonstrates this for us. People have commented positively about our website, and our colours and logo. Another great thing about Synergi is that they are lovely people to deal with; we value our relationship with them; they are responsive to our requirements and are very customer orientated."

Marie Norris - Director, Clear Links

Branding, Corporate Stationery & Poster design for Learner Support

Learner Support Corporate Identity, Posters, Web Design

Learner Support provide support workers and specialist equipment nationally to Universities and workplaces for disabled or dyslexic students/ workers. Their printed material needed to be accessible to those with visual impairments, colour blindness, dyslexia etc. and expertise regarding colours, fonts, type, layout, imagery etc. was applied to ensure this as well as user testing for accessibility.

Print design summary:

"We were keen to develop a friendly feel to what Synergi.com called our 'corporate identity' and what we call our business style, approach, behaviour etc. We're really pleased that what we've got reflects us, reflects how we are, Synergi Design took the time to really get to know us"

Director, Learner Support

Accessible W3CAAA Web Design - More information

About SynergiDesign

SynergiDesign is a qualified and experienced professional Birmingham based website and creative design agency which has created many stunning websites for a variety of businesses and organisations all over the UK.

SynergiDesign are experts in the web site and corporate design field. We offer a complete range of internet marketing and associated services: creating a brand and logo; design and print; website development; eCommerce; search engine optimisation (SEO); flash animation; video; website hosting and domain name management.

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Latest Projects



The Law Society

The Law SocietySynergiDesign won the contract and created the software (secure, interactive, web-standards compliant, meeting the highest of web accessibility W3CAAA standards, web software) to undertake this marketing activity and analyse its success.

"The level of activity generated by these campaigns met or exceeded our expectations."
John Rieger - The Law Society


Presentation for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Rigby Luxury Property Brochures The President of Nigeria required a sophisticated PowerPoint presentation to showcase his country’s resources to international investors such as Shell and Chevron at a conference attended by press officers from all over the globe. SynergiDesign’s created a powerful, strongly branded PowerPoint presentation.


Luxury Property Brochures

Rigby Luxury Property BrochuresSynergiDesign carried out the successful design of their property website and also provided a range of high end glossy brochures:

"I am writing to congratulate you and your team for the first class sales brochure that you have produced for our latest development in Belgravia"
Rigby & Rigby


Corporate Presentations

UKTIPresentation for an Automotive international trade show in Japan on behalf of the government agencies we designed an impactful presentation pulling together content from a variety of automotive manufacturers.

"Many thanks for your help on this project and turning it around within such a short timescale. I was most impressed with your level of expertise and service and will happily recommend you to other colleagues."
Ginny Truslove


Web Applications / Software Development



Content Management System – Web Application

CMS InterfaceSynergiDesign have created an innovative, versatile and highly functional website and CMS for SO LONDON Publishing. The website and bespoke content management software are designed to the highest .Net 2 and CSS programming standards which allow for online management of the magazine including:

  • magazine issue management
  • articles and article ranking
  • image management
  • image auto optimisation and resizing
  • complex banner advert management

Ecommerce Web Design

Diamond Dealer Direct is a long-established diamond merchant and manufacturer with a recently acquired retail outlet which now enables them to deal direct with the public giving access to one of the UK’s largest stock of internationally recognised certified diamonds from the top gemmology laboratories. A high end ecommerce shopping website and content management system with a sophisticated and customised pricing software system and also an extensive search engine campaign was developed for Diamond Dealer Direct.

Diamond Dealer Direct

Web design summary:

  • Web Design
  • Ecommerce shopping cart
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • PPC campaign
  • Bespoke Content Management System
  • Reporting System
  • Order Management System
  • Registration System