Signage For Visually Impaired Signage for Visually Impaired Girls by Neeta Verma

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Signage For Visually Impaired

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Signage for Visually Impaired Girls

INSPIRATION:
My primary inspiration for working with the visually impaired girls came from my own personal experience of my niece who was born with this disability. My research focused on understanding how the visually impaired navigated their environment and what were the techniques that were used by them to compensate for their loss of this sense. The visually impaired had a heightened sense of touch and materiality played a crucial role in the way they experienced the world around them.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The signage project was a collaborative effort where I partnered with teachers and students to create a unique system that worked for both the visually impaired and the sighted at the Poona School for Blind Girls in India. This community involvement created a sense of ownership and a shared joy of creation. Once installed, the highly tactile (for the blind) and brightly colored (for the partially blind) signage system created an empowered and accessible environment that was kinder and gentler.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started at the Poona School and Home for Blind Girls in India. The start date was December of 2016 and concluded in December of 2018

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Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The solution used techniques, fabrication methods, manufacturing, and materials that could be found locally in India. Unlike conventional signage, this was a system that would have to withstand the test of constant touching. Locally manufactured beads were used to create the bright patterns. These beads were affixed to the tile using permanent adhesives that would withstand constant touching. The locally manufactured tile and metallic laser cut signs in relief came to complete the signage.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Each sign was: Width 305mm x Depth 10mm x Height 508mm

TAGS:
visually impaired, inclusive design, way-finding

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Preliminary research included observational techniques that were used to understand how the visually impaired students/residents navigated the spaces around the boarding school. Research also included interviews with the teachers and the administration to understand how navigation had been addressed until this time. Additionally, the caregivers of the school provided information about the varying degrees of impairment that the design had to be cognizant of and be able to take into consideration in proposing the design solution.

CHALLENGE:
The deepest challenge came from working with limited fiscal resources and understanding ways of delivering solutions that were not only innovative but also indigenous and sustainable, and those that would work function within the constraints of the environment they were created for in how it helped address the problem of navigation for the visually impaired girls at the Blind School.

ADDED DATE:
2019-03-25 04:35:21

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Neeta Verma, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
The Poona School and Home for Blind Girls, India

PROFILE:
The Poona School and Home for the Blind Girls is a school that serves visually impaired girls from the ages 6 all the way until 21. It was established in the year 1974 in the city of Pune, India. The school is a boarding school where students are given education in their early years and vocational training as they prepare to graduate and step out into society. The blind school trust promotes inclusivity in its policy by accepting visually impaired girls from all socio-economic backgrounds. It aims at fully integrating these students with the environment outside as independent members of our modern society. Currently, the school serves around 121 girls at its facility. Most of these students are also residents on campus. The education and boarding are entirely supported by the trust and provided to the students free of charge.

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Signage For Visually Impaired Signage For Visually Impaired Girls by Neeta Verma is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Signage For Visually Impaired Signage For Visually Impaired Girls by Neeta Verma is Winner in Social Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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