Work for hire for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Meetings & Events by Lara Lee while employed at CSG Creative with permission for Lara Lee to display for self-promotion.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) launched its bi-annual National Meeting & Exposition to feature thousands of presentations on new discoveries in science—once more a hybrid event both online and in-person. The ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting & Expo is ACS’s second hybrid event, after its premier hybrid event last spring.
CSG Creative Art Director Courtney Lopes created the event visual identity and brand for the Fall 2021 Meeting.
Using Lopes’s work as a foundation, I developed the web accessibility color guidelines for my colleagues and the client’s in-house designers. I also produced 130 of 134 web graphics including onsite digital signage, web ads, website banners and slides, and social media graphics.
The client uses social media extensively to market its virtual and hybrid events. This Fall’s social media marketing required 3 profile page graphics and 46 feed graphics plus 2 ecards and 13 digital signs, which further double-served as social media graphics—and all 64 of these must pass web accessibility color contrast testing to maintain user readability.
Web Accessibility Lead
including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Each National Meeting introduces itself with branded social media profiles. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all receive profile and/or cover page graphics promoting the latest name and theme, just like Spring 2021’s social media graphics.
I record the “last known good configuration” using CSS shorthand to indicate safe areas of the latest social media web sizes:
Every ACS social media graphic must pass the web accessibility color contrast test. These web standards, established by WCAG, ensures user readability. The standards include a minimum color contrast level between text and its background; font-size appropriate to the color contrast level; and descriptive alt tag text.
While ACS is not my only client that adheres to WCAG’s web accessibility standards, they do request the highest number of web-accessible graphics. They prefer testing using WebAIM’s tool here.
I made these animated ecards with Adobe After Effects. While I knew how to transform layer positions, I taught myself how to animate walking via layer tracking to finish the job. The animation starts in media res, with the opening slide displaying the whole message and CTA for email clients that don’t support GIFs.