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 aging eyesight.
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 University. While a student, 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, 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 contractor for Inclusive Media and Design Inc., Accessibility Ontario, and the City of Toronto. She specializes in digital document design and remediation, video description, and document accessibility training.
Nell is a #a11yTO, a local professional networking group that runs meet-ups and events relating to digital accessibility and inclusive design. She also volunteers as a guest teaching assistant for the AODA certification course at Ryerson University where she shares her passion for accessibility with students.
Nell is active on social media and as a photographer documenting her interest in travel, nature, food, and culture. She looks forward to continuing her work in the field of accessibility by working within policy, technology, and design.