Remembering Brandon Cole

By admin
 
July 4, 2024
 
2 min read

A note from DVW Studio Head, Rhys Lloyd.

Last week we lost our friend and DVW Advisory Council member Brandon Cole, also known to many as @superblindman. Brandon was an award-winning accessibility consultant and advocate, dedicated to making media fully accessible and inclusive for all.

While Brandon’s legacy to video gaming is well-known, not enough has been said about his contribution to audio description and accessibility services across the board. For almost three years, Brandon served on DVW's advisory council, helping us shape our business, services, and long-term goals. He also worked as a consultant, narrator, and QC Operator.

When DVW first began exploring the idea of Audio Description in video games, everyone we spoke to said it could not be done, given the complexity of gaming engines, the development cycles, the allocation of memory, and so on – but then I spoke to Brandon. As Brandon and I talked through the various obstacles, he offered a solution for each one, and a project in mind with which to try it. He was always up for a challenge, and had the amazing ability to articulate potential solutions.

It bears repeating that without Brandon Cole there would be no Audio Described video games today, and that is another mark of his legacy. He consulted on The Last of Us 1 and 2, Mortal Kombat 1, Forza and many others.

Brandon approached his work with joy and passion, and his energy and enthusiasm impacted everyone around him. He was a mentor to many of us at DVW, and I will be forever grateful that our paths crossed. Brandon's friend and colleague, Jennissary summed it up perfectly: "Brandon's mentorship and guidance in the A11y community was a running theme in his career. He always had time to lift others up. We were all very lucky to have had him in our lives." 

July 4, 2024

Remembering Brandon Cole

A note from DVW Studio Head, Rhys Lloyd. Last week we lost our friend and DVW Advisory Council member Brandon Cole, also known to many as @superblindman. Brandon was an award-winning accessibility consultant and… Continue Reading Remembering Brandon Cole
October 24, 2023

Check Out Our New Website and Logo!

We are excited to announce that we have a new and improved website, and a redesigned logo to better serve our clients and audience.  The DVW (Descriptive Video Works) website has been updated and… Continue Reading Check Out Our New Website and Logo!
May 15, 2023

Celebrating 20 years of Descriptive Video Works!

On Thursday, May 4, Descriptive Video Works celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Granville Island Hotel, with a special evening of cocktails, memories, mingling and fun. This milestone event was attended by current and… Continue Reading Celebrating 20 years of Descriptive Video Works!
April 5, 2023

Please help us welcome Jennissary to the DVW team!

Jennissary (she/her) writes about her new role at DVW, as Producer for Live and Interactive Audio Description. About four years ago, someone made a request for sighted assistance on a gaming forum. When I… Continue Reading Please help us welcome Jennissary to the DVW team!
March 30, 2023

Hollywood’s Biggest Night Embraced Accessibility

The 95th annual Oscars™ celebration took place on March 12th, and this year Hollywood’s biggest night was more accessible than ever, with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, custom design for the event including ramp… Continue Reading Hollywood’s Biggest Night Embraced Accessibility
DVW Logo: Descriptive Video Works in white.
Netflix Logo: A red letter N encircled by the words Post Partner Program.
TPN Logo: A shield with the letters TPN is ringed by a reel of tape beside the words Trusted Partner Network. Underneath are the words: Powered by Motion Picture Association.

Copyright © 2023

Opening entertainment experiences to people who are blind and low vision through audio description. On time. On budget. On target.

Descriptive Video Works
147 W 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1E6

1-866-818-3897