Audibly Aesthetic? Not really.
**Black Negative: http://blacknegative.com/#!/loader/
Black negative, a cinematography company, claims they “try to make the web a better place”. If this were true, they would finally offer a refreshing new approach to web data, and make it easily accessible and perceivable to all users. However, it seems as though this better place was designed to solely accommodate visual users.
The Web Content Accessibility Guild lines have been put in place in order to help web developers achieve a more perceivable web, for users of all kinds. Black negative directly violates these, which urge for the percievability of content to all users; perception of the website content is impossible for visually impaired users. There is supporting sound in the videos and graphics, though alone they say nothing about what is being portrayed – that is, the scenes and purpose of the video cannot be extrapolated through the sounds alone. This of course the assumes the blind user is even able to access and play these videos, due to the design of the website interface. Even for the seeing user, the website presents challenges for usability. Navigation through the site is dependent on a series of clicks, drags, and slides… for which the user receives instructions through purely visual media.
However, the lack of universal perceivability and accessibility be remedied through the integration of a system that would allow a user to experience the site audibly, through descriptions of each featured media that the user could listen to. This would preserve the visually pleasing design, while serving to a wider spread audience.
The way the website sits, the highly aesthetic and visually focused design has come at the complete compromise of accessibility and perceivability to the blind user. However, it does have potential to be changed.