The Invisible Side of Braille: Bruno Brites

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 research project brings Graphic Design techniques to the subject with the effect to explore and promote Braille as a vehicle of information, as code and as a symbol. Reveals more layers of meaning beyond the individual dots and words and act as a catalyst of new conversations about accessibility and visual impairment.

I will participate in next September on the “World Congress Braille21 – Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century”, that will happen in Leipzig, Germany. This is a great opportunity to promote the project and proceed to the next year.

I would like to acknoweledge the support of Ms Doreen McNab from the Rehabilitation Centre of DBPSS (Dundee Blind and Partially Sighted Society), Mandy White, a Braille Project Manager on the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) and finally Dr Divya Jindal-Snape Reader and Programme Director PhD of the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, University of Dundee.

Bruno has a degree in Graphic Design from IADE (Superior School of Design) in Lisbon, Portugal, and professional experience trough different publicity agencies and Graphic Design ateliers. In the future he would like to continue his studies on the field trough a PhD project.

He is studying part-time and will complete his Master of Design in September 2012.



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