London, 17th December 2013: TfL has named the winners of its accessible app competition, which aimed to find new mobile apps that make it easier for disabled and older people to travel around the city. The winner of the Judges' Award was Colourblind Tube Map developed by London-based 232 Studios and Ian Hamilton, with the announcement made to coincide with the International Day of People with Disabilities. A full list of winning apps can be viewed on the TfL website.
Effort was also taken to ensure the app was accessible to as wide an audience as possible, with functionality designed to also work for those with motor or cognitive impairment.Currently people who are colour blind have no choice other than to try to learn the tube map by heart and many people with mild-moderate vision impairments simply aren’t able to use it. This app remedies this, allowing greater independence for visitors and residents alike.
Available on both iOS and Android, the app offers redesigns of the iconic London Underground map which make the tube more accessible to travellers with a range of vision impairments by presenting the map with a combination of pattern and colour, a range of different colour combinations, greater contrast and the ability to zoom in to a very high level.
232 Studios paired with designer & accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton to build the app in response to a need highlighted by colour blind travellers such as Tim Lovell:
“Many think of the London Underground map as one on the pinnacles of good design, but it does fall down for people who are colourblind. The colours of the Hammersmith & City line and the Waterloo & City line are, for example, almost indistinguishable to me. To its credit, Transport for London does have a colour blind map available to download, but I’m yet to find a London Underground app, which there are plenty of, that makes use of it.”