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Accessibility Design

Accessibility

Accessibility—what is it and why should you care?

When you speak to someone, the hope is that they receive your communication and understand it.

In life, like on the web, there are ways of helping your communications reach their intended recipients.

Why bother with accessibility?

Why bother with designing for accessibility? Do you have the time to worry about everything? Of course not, but it is in your best interest to learn how to create accessibility.

Actually, about 26%—that is one in four—Americans live with a disability. Can you afford NOT to try to share your message, your event, your words, images, and thoughts with them?

Do well by doing good

What if I told you that you can do well by doing good? That by taking small, thoughtful steps to help make things accessible to people with hearing or visual disabilities, you will be increasing your market share? You will also be raising your search engine visibility.

One way to think of alternative descriptions is like an extra tag or sign on an item at the store. So if you were looking for snack foods, but wanted gluten-free, this would help you find it better and faster.

Everyone on social media talks about the algorithm or feeding the algorithm. To put it bluntly, why wouldn’t you want to add extra descriptions to your content—your story, your picture, your music?

What I recently learned from Google

Google recently offered an online course through SCORE. It was simple and sweet. Here are the basic takeaways:

  1. Optimizing your content will help people find you.
  2. Google will reward optimization by increasing your SEO ranking.
  3. You will make the world better by being inclusive.
  4. On top of all that, it will help you lessen your legal risk.

Why do I even care about all of this? Because of the nature of what we do at Handy Entertainment we see that accessibility is not just good business–it is fundamental. By being nimble, we create much more impact by reaching people where they are, by including them. Inclusion is not just about wheelchair accessibility. It is not about having Braille available. Inclusion is about welcoming people wherever they are and providing them with the tools to participate.

Here are some accessibility elements for digital content design.

Accessibility design techniques for digital content design.

Please share your thoughts on accessibility in your industry.

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Personalized party and wedding favors

Personalized party and wedding favors

Personalized party and wedding favors can make your event live on in perpetuity!

When someone attends your event, you thank them for coming. Giving people a gift as a token of your appreciation shows them that you care and reminds them of the special moments in time they shared with you.

We first made Simple Lip Kits to give couples an option for meaningful wedding favors. The reactions have exceeded our expectations!

As one bride said to us, “Your Lip Kits are amazing. Our guests loved them! What a fun, original idea.”

We saw how useful and meaningful they are for all kinds of celebrations.

One important part of a Lip Print Analysis is that they can be done remotely. Did you know you can include people who are unable to be at your event in person?

Simple Lip Kits are individually packaged cards with instructions printed on them. Just add lipstick and kiss! 

Guests take a snapshot of their print and text it to a dedicated number with their email, and we will send them an audio recording of their Lip Print Analysis within the specified time period.

Looking at people’s needs, we created several different tiers to fit everybody’s budget.

Take-out Lip Print Analysis can be used for promotional events, for branding, launches, and trade shows. Make it simple or lavish, depending on your event and  attendees.

If you use them for marketing, you have the perfect opportunity to get prospects to opt in. There is nothing in the world more interesting to someone than learning more about themselves 😊!

From a simple card in an envelope, to a full blown Lip Kit, we’ve got you covered!
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Traditions!

 Traditions!

Traditions! What are yours?

I don’t know about you, but when I throw a party, or have an event, it’s about sharing what I love and showing my guests how much they mean to me. Making them happy makes me happy.

You know how traditions start, right? Somebody does something, and then, for whatever reason, another person does it, and then it starts taking on momentum.

Before you know it, the “Roast Syndrome” sets in.

What’s the “Roast Syndrome”?

A boy was helping with the cooking for the holiday meal. He watched his Dad cut off a good 2” chunk off of the roast and put it aside. 

“Why did you do that?” the boy asked, puzzled. “Well, that’s how Grandma always did it,” his Dad answered said. “But why did SHE do it?,” the boy asked. “That’s a great question! Let me give her a call right now and find out why.” So the man called his Mom.

His Mom answered that she did it because her roasting pan was very small so it could fit in the tiny oven they had in their first home. Otherwise, the roast didn’t fit!

Lesson learned. Nowadays I need to know why it’s a tradition.

Your Traditions

Sometimes it’s what we eat–for example, what is the dish that your family traditionally eats to bring luck for the New Year? Ours was stuffed cabbage, here in the U.S. South, Hoppin’ John is a thing,

Soba Noodles are ‘it’ in Japan, and carp or other fish in many countries.

Some traditions are all about the kind of clothing you wear (or don’t wear, for that matter!) for special celebrations.

Maybe it’s the way you were taught to speak to your elders, a special way to address them to show your respect. For example, ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’ in the Southeastern U.S.  are ostensibly an indication that you come from a good family.

Some of the ways we’ve incorporated our clients’ traditions into their events is by taking a good, thorough look at what matters to you and your people. Sometimes it’s all about making every. single. element. unique. We can do that. It might be about giving your guests a special message, like when Cirque du Soleil hired us give  their VIP opening night guests Lip Print Analysis and add a brief message that they would “find the rest of their destiny under the Big Top!”

There are so many beautiful touches you can add to your event to make it about YOU. How about sharing fortune cookies that not only  give your guests the fortune you chose for them,  but also thank them for coming?!

Check out how we created traditions to for families at the Atlanta Party Connection‘s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo!

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Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

What does the Chattahoochee Nature Center have to do with weddings? Many couples choose the ‘Center’ because of it is so close to nature and such a beautiful place.

Others choose it because of the freedom they get to make their wedding about them. The Center lets you bring your own vendors! That, along with its reasonable prices, make it hard to pass up. For other couples, it’s the warm, welcoming, and incredibly diverse staff that make the Center so special.

It’s hard to believe that you smack dab in the heart of Roswell–the birds, trees, flowers always make me feel like I’ve landed on a magical oasis.

Between the restaurants, galleries, shops, music, and theater in the downtown square, your guests might be hard-pressed to want to go to downtown Atlanta.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is an amazing environment to host just about any kind of event–Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate retreats. It is truly a venue that lets you do you.

We love the fact that we’re able to interact with people in a safe environment. Add our Contact-Free Entertainer Booth to your next event if you want to see some people swooning with joy!

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