Nell Chitty became interested in inclusive and accessible design while witnessing the accommodations and lifestyles changes her family members made to adjust to their aging eyesight. This prompted Nell to dedicate her fourth year thesis in Fashion Communications at Ryerson University to designing a typeface for people with low vision.
After working in the Montreal fashion industry within sales and marketing, Nell returned to Toronto to pursue her Master of Design in Inclusive Design. At OCAD, Nell researched areas relating to art, design, and disability while studying how we can create more inclusive digital environments for individuals’ unique needs.
As part of her Master’s at OCAD U, Nell’s Major Research Project (MRP) looked at how designers can reduce user fatigue through changes in the visual user interface of eye controlled computers. Her MRP was completed in 2013. It is currently available online and in print at OCAD University.
Since her graduation, Nell has been working as a freelance graphic designer and contractor for Inclusive Media and Design Inc., the City of Toronto, and Accessibility Ontario . She is active on social media and as a photographer documenting her interest in travel, nature, food, and culture. Nell looks forward to continuing her work in the field of accessibility, by working within policy, technology, and design.
For more information, please visit Nell’s website.
Photo by Anthony R. Taylor