Tactile supports for wayfinding
Among the documents necessary for the preparation of this thesis certainly to be mentioned are the dissertation of the architect Paola Bucciarelli, which operates in the field of disability in the city of Milan. During the research, was used the manual drawn up by the same architect for realization of visio-tactile maps CiVis. Tactile graphics of Polly K. Edman was the third source of inspiration.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project examines the issue of access to graphic communication for the visually impaired people. It makes visual information readable by touch using modern printing techniques and a universal design method. The book includes ten tactile maps using an approach that is based on gradual zooming-in on the general plan of Italy. The design solution can be applied to any object, city, architecture or museum exhibit and can be used my people who are blind, low-sighted or sighted.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project aims to improve the practicability of urban road network for visually impaired pedestrians and allow them to create their own mental maps of urban streets, which would make them more independent in their movements. The maps do not represent all the streets, as well as the information necessary for the mobility of the blind pedestrians, but only the most important part of the urban arteries.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2012 in Urbino, was developed in Urbino, Pesaro, St Petersburg, Weimar, Antwerp, Milan and finished in February 2014 in Urbino. The work was awarded with one of the So(cial) Good Design Awards 2015 (by RGD, Toronto), was published in the Catalogue ADI Design Index 2015 and AIAP Women in Design Award 2015.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Minolta printing technique, embossing.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Research part was printed out as a brochure 148 x 210 mm. The prototype of the portable tactile maps is printed with on the microcapsule paper 297 x 210 mm.
tactile maps, social design, blind, visual information, design research
The bachelor thesis investigates the problem of accessibility within the graphical representation of space and takes the form of a tactile artefact, accessible to the blind and visually impaired. After careful examination of the tools and methods by which information is assimilated through touch, the research proposes an experimental approach to represent spatial information for tactile use.
The maps can provide only a general urban geographical consciousness. This lack of detail, being functional for the purposes of geographical representation, allows economical printing and therefore is accessible to all possible users.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Daria Shmitko, 2016.
Copyrights: Daria Shmitko and ISIA Urbino