If you've been on Ravelry at all lately you've probably noticed they've redesigned their website. There has been a lot of discussion, especially on Instagram about how the new design is not only difficult to read but has been giving people symptoms such as eye strain, migraines and in a few cases, seizures.
Communications with Ravelry owners has been almost non-existent, forum threads about the new design have disappeared from the web site, emails have gone unanswered and comments have been disabled from Ravelry's Instagram page. Public outreach has been equally underwhelming with one owner issuing an accusatory Tweet at a concerned Instagram user, as well as a few dismissive front page statements declaring the sweeping success of their new site design. (You can read more about this on Instagram under the hashtag #ravelryaccessibility.)
In a newly released statement by Ravelry owner Jessica (7/30/20), apologies were made for poor communications and unprofessional practices. Ravelry will be continuing with the new format, siting budget, majority approval and accessibility as the key reasons. They have promised continued research, development and new customizations based on survey results as well as consulting with accessibility experts.
Personally I have found the new site to be difficult to look at for long periods of time, sometimes causing eye strain and headaches. I have switched my personal account over to the Classic mode until accessibility issues have been resolved. In the meantime, I will continue to host my 'for purchase' patterns up on Raverly BUT I will also have all of my patterns available on Etsy if Ravelry no longer works for you. You can access all of my patterns through my Instagram Linktree link or going straight to my Etsy shop.
This issue is very important to me and I will be keeping up to date with any and all changes Ravelry makes to their website to make sure their site practices mesh with my business model.
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