As an advocate for inclusivity and accessibility on the web, I conducted a unique project that assessed the accessibility of YouTube content from six late-night talk show hosts: Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers. The primary goal was to determine how many of their videos in the first fiscal quarter of 2020 had embedded subtitles, a crucial aspect of web inclusivity.
To achieve this, I used Processing, a coding program, to create an interactive visualization. Users could select two hosts, a specific month, and access in-depth data about each video. Videos were represented by distinct visual elements including a outlines, fill colour and size. If the ellipse was filled in red, it indicated the presence of accessible subtitles. The ellipse's size corresponded to the video's duration, while the white outline's size reflected the view count.
This project highlighted the potential of data visualization in addressing critical issues and promoting user engagement. The project's results offered valuable insights into the accessibility efforts of these talk show hosts, inspiring potential improvements. It underscored the power of technology, specifically data visualization, in fostering inclusivity and awareness. As a designer, this project exemplifies the impact of data-driven initiatives and the need for transparency in online content creation.