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“Message in Braille: A poetry book to inspire the world of the visually impaired”

Abstract

This project is a personalized poetry book produced as part of the Master of Design completed at DJCAD – University of Dundee – with the collaboration of ACAPO (Portuguese Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted) to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the book Mensagem (“Message”) by Fernando Pessoa – one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest Portuguese poets.

This research was conducted from a graphic design perspective. Through different design methods and materials, it showed a path to explore the aesthetics of Braille book covers, establishing a visual and tactile connection between the book and the reader. Mensagem was published in 1934 with the aim of acting over the minds of the readers. Pessoa dreamed of an idyllic society where ideas, culture and soul were represented, a society rebuilt through poetry and knowledge in its abstract form. Accordingly, by commemorating its anniversary in 2014, this project also highlights the importance of a more inclusive society.

This approach, through a multidisciplinary convergence among ceramics, artistic book restoration and design methods may inspire the world of visual impairment in the same way it may challenge tridimensionality and tactile interaction in graphic design.”

– June 2015 – Terra Haptica Journal: Issue nº 5 (Picture in Other Ways: New Inclusive Territories) –

download file: 6-Bruno Brites

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“The Invisible Side of Braille: A Graphic Design Approach to Reveal More Layers of Meaning beyond the Individual Dots and Words”

Abstract

Nowadays, audio books and other current technological devices have gained a relevant space on the blind people’s life. These developments together with several problems related with the use of braille have been responsible to discourage the reading practices and to underestimate the importance of the tactile alphabet in the blind society.

This paper shows that bringing graphic design techniques to the subject has the effect to explore and promote braille, revealing more layers of meaning beyond the individual dots and words. It can act as a catalyst of new conversations about accessibility and visual impairment, and confront the boundaries of graphic design in the course of its applicability.

– September 2013 – Published in the World Congress Braille21 Proceedings –

download file: papers_topic_6_brites-1

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