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Braille Emoticons

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Emoticons reinvented in Braille language to expand expressive possibilities for the visually impaired

Braille Emoticons is an attempt to build a bridge to visual language for the visually impaired. People who use Braille are forced to use the letters of the alphabet to describe their emotions. This became a starting point to design an addition to the Braille alphabet, based on our visualised emotions into emoticons, converted into the ‘dot’ language that characterises Braille. To avoid confusion with the traditional braille alphabet of a grid of 12 dots, this emoticon addition to the Braille alphabet is developed in a grid of 9 dots, fitting well with the square structure of the emoticon symbols.

Walda Verbaenen

  • Walda Verbaenen

    Walda Verbaenen

    PXL – MAD School of Arts Hasselt

    Walda Verbaenen is a PhD researcher at READSEARCH, under the guidance of prof dr. Ann Bessemans. The aim of this research department is to develop practical/typographic legibility and readability studies within a new conceptual framework concerning typographic design research. One of the main goals in Walda’s work is the social responsibility which a designer can offer. Hereby she uses the supporting function and power that design and typography (letters) can bring as a useful and meaningful tool. (Visual) language and the use of letters can build a bridge to bring people closer to each other.more

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