Designing with braille

Whenever possible I incorporate braille in my designs. The use of ‘real braille’ (tactile legible Grade 1 braille) sends out a very direct message: that braille is just as important to the blind as print is to the sighted. I can’t imagine a world without words, whether printed or digital. Equally, living in such a visually rich world, it’s hard to imagine the non existence of colour, patterns, textures or any kind of imagery.

… braille is just as important to the blind as print is to the sighted.

Ann M. Conefrey
Promotional card, ‘braille is essential’, in which I’ve integrated braille fully in the design; de letter ‘i’ in de gedrukte boodschap wordt vervangen door braille.

Recognizable and accessible designs

All the promotional and educational items which I’ve designed for the VOL form a recognizable series with specific design elements. The most striking element being the colours of the rainbow, whether in strips or blocks. This symbolizes positivity and change and refers to the spectrum of light, ‘seeing’ (used in Apple’s original logo). I use a dark blue as spot colour. Furthermore all the designs take into account accessibility through clear layout and good typography. Apart from printing braille there are many subtle references to braille in the designs, for instance in the underlying grid or by using a monospaced typeface, such as ‘Courier’.

The ‘Vereniging Onbeperkt Lezen’ is a foundation in the Netherlands that provides information about literacy for people with a visual or reading disability.

Designs for braille education and braille promotion