The First Nations Community Economic Development Guide for Ontario was designed for the Ontario government. This book was developed to assist First Nations Communities with economic development.
The previous book distributed didn’t gain much traction as it contained many clip art images and wasn’t very approachable. It also wasn’t accessible so the online version was difficult to use.
We took into consideration the varying accessibility needs when creating this booklet; all colours and icons throughout the book are appropriate and had high colour contrast.
The illustrations were inspired by First Nations culture and geometry to highlight new sections of the book and create a visual hierarchy.
The layout includes various bookmark elements to help users navigate through the bulk of the content. These section separators also help with digesting the content and quickly being able to flip to the proper section.
The book was made accessible, both online and in print, and was very well received amongst both government officials and First Nations communities. There were many direct inquiries from officers as to where they could get their own hardcopy.
The book continues to be a resource to First Nations economic developers and is distributed online through the Ontario government’s website.