About LeoGraph and its Philosophy

LeoGraph is a small agency created by Pierre-Leo Bourbonnais. The purpose of it is to promote art, accessibility and standards by adding imagination, originality and visibility to the current web and graphic design fields.

In the same time, LeoGraph encourages respect of nature and utilization of clean energy by supporting local and international environmental organizations. It is also confident that the World Wide Web will become a great platform of information and exchange, both by allowing access to everyone and by ensuring that the liberty of expression and respect of each other is kept and promoted. By working with friends and associates all around the world from all kind of domains (design, environment, music, visual art, sciences, programming...), LeoGraph stays up to date with the current evolution of a new era in internet utilization and is constantly aware of what should be done to protect nature and give a better future to the next generations. The most important for us at LeoGraph is to Never Forget Earth!

Our Web Design Services

We offer personalized web design services and consultation for individuals, small or large enterprises and organizations. We can design an all-new website with a strong and attractive visual design or redesign your actual web portal to make sure it respects web standards and allows access to everyone.

To explain the importance of standards and accessibility in any web design project, here is a summary of what happened to the web design field in the last few years :

2002 : According to Jeffrey Zeldman in his book “Designing with Web Standards”, “Although their owners and managers might not know it yet, 99.9% of all websites are obsolete”. In fact, they did not respect basic standards specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and remain unaccessible or unfriendly to some browsers, web-enabled cell phones, handheld devices, search-engines and lightly or heavily handicapped persons (people with vision deficiency or color blind individuals or people using screen-readers, by instance). Companies and organisations who wanted to get on the web had to trust most web designers, wallet wide-open, and therefore got used to browser-specific websites, broken designs and hard-to-update web pages. Nevertheless, it is possible to avoid all these problems by simply following standards guidelines and by being informed of accessibility statements.

2005 : This percentage may have been reduced slightly, thanks to great people as Douglas Bowman, Eric Meyer, Dave Shea and Jeffrey Zeldman to name a few, since their hard work and expertise did convince web browser makers (Microsoft, Netscape, Opera...) to implement standards and accessibility into their products via the Web Standards Project (WASP) and their web magazine “A List Apart”. Unfortunately, a large majority of actual websites still don’t respect these basic standard and accessibility guidelines, because of the fact that World Wide Web is still new (a little more than 10 years old) and that most web designers ignore these facts. Nevertheless, we only need to know and apply web standards et accessibility principles to be in a position to ensure success to a website for the short and long term. We still need to spread the word and continue to push web designers to build the new web with these standards, allowing web users to be free to choose their platform, their browser, and be able to access the web even if they have some sort of disability. Also, with new laws coming in the next years about internet utilization, websites that don’t respect accessibility rules could be blamed, as a physical shop that doesn’t allow access to all its customers.

About the Author

Pierre-Leo Bourbonnais studied music during 16 years and is a bachelor in music interpretation (piano) at Montreal University. He learned graphic and web design as a freelancer and worked as a web designer for more than 8 years. He is actually studying engineering, soon entering Montreal Polytechnic, to work on windmills researches and contribute to a cleaner planet. He doesn't own a car and uses his bike instead. To finance his studies and because that's what he likes the most, he is the creator and chief designer of LeoGraph agency. Finally, music and web design are the way for him to stay efficient and lucid.