Good Food Talks

Accessible menus on your iPhone, also my favourite app I ever had an opportunity to work on.

Good Food Talks
Good Food Talks

Good Food Talks were looking to develop a menu reader app for those who are blind or visually impaired.

The founder of Good Food Talks, Matt, who is blind himself, explained to us that when someone who has poor vision or other reading barriers (like dyslexia) visits a restaurant, it can be an unpleasant experience. They normally rely on others around them to read out the menu. Even for those who have some vision, small or difficult to read font, strange colours and poor contrast can get in the way and very few restaurants are able to provide a large print version of the menu.

Accessible menu right in your pocket

This app is uniquely designed to work with iOS accessibility features that increase accessibility for blind and low-vision users. These features include VoiceOver, a screen reader. VoiceOver speaks everything on your phone out loud, and by using this feature blind users can independently browse menus at their leisure. For those who don’t need VoiceOver, but just need an easy to read menu, the app also harnesses iOS Dynamic Fonts, so text can be enlarged automatically based on user’s phone settings.

We also added customisation features so that users can use the app in high contrast mode or even using an OpenDyslexic font that is easier on the highs for those with dyslexia.

“We commissioned GearedApp to work with us to create an iPhone app version of our website. This was a particularly challenging project, as the app needed to be fully accessible for both blind and partially sighted users and therefore optimised for a whole range of accessibility features, each with its own set of priorities. We found GearedApp to be professional, creative, responsive, and unrelenting in their commitment to get things right. We can’t recommend them highly enough.”- Matt and Kate Wadsworth, founders of Good Food Talks