Sightsavers: designing with everyone in mind

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Our design workshop, aimed at design and digital teams, will inspire you to think about a broader audience for your work. Email to register.


Nadine Chahine
Dr. Nadine Chahine is an award winning Lebanese type designer. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Nadine’s research focus is on eye movement and legibility studies for the Arabic, Latin, and Chinese scripts. She has numerous awards including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: the best-selling Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino and Palatino Sans Arabic, and Koufiya.

Nadine’s work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2016 her work was showcased in the 4th edition of First Choice which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers practising today. In 2017, Nadine was selected by Creative Review to their Creative Leaders 50 which aims to celebrate, educate and inspire those who are leading creative businesses, organisations and teams in the UK.

Matt Roberts
Matt is Sightsavers lead digital designer, and an active member of the organisation’s social inclusion group, sharing his knowledge of accessibility throughout the organisation as well as co-creating change-making campaign material, such as Sightsavers’ EqualUN campaign, which helped to secure better balanced gender representation on the UN’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

Matt has written for Creative Review on the influence being colourblind has on his approach to design, and has presented on accessibility document security specialists De La Rue

Andrew Balchin
Andrew Balchin is Sightsavers’ lead print designer, and during his time at the organisation has amassed impressive knowledge around the dark arts of creating PDFs that are friendly to assistive technology.

He has also taken the premise of digital accessibility and applied this to print, to improve the reach and clarity of Sightsavers’ printed communications.


Wed, 06 Mar 2019
09:45 - 13:00


South East

Sightsavers35 Perrymount RdHaywards HeathWest Sussex RH16 3BW



Neil Ayres

Global Head of Online and Design, Sightsavers

Neil is the head of Sightsavers’ web and design teams, overseeing design, content and technical functions and helping steer the charity’s brand, including ensuring inclusion and accessibility are at its heart. As well as having worked for several charities he has also worked for a number of design and technology services companies, and spent a decade in magazine publishing.

He spent his formative childhood years in Spain, experiencing life schooled in a different language and culture, and his personal experiences of the need to build a more inclusive society have been influenced by seeing how his sister, who has learning difficulties, and his autistic daughter are treated by the mainstream.

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