Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since
it takes additional space andsighted people consider it not important.
Braille Neue addresses this issue by making braille easy to use for sighted people.
Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters.
This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space.
With Braille Neue, it is also possible to overwrite existing
signage in public space by adjusting the kerning. It is easy to
implement into the existing infrastructure and is a stepping
stone for sustainable and inclusive future.
I also conducted a research to see if large signage with braille
was readable for blind people. Through the research, I found out
that as long as there is 6 dotted pattern, it is possible for
them to read it regardless of its size. Braille tends to be small
and invisible, but with Braille Neue it has the possibility to
expand spatially into public signages in new ways.
In latin alphabets, attempts to combine braille with existing characters
have been made by various designers all over the world.
In this project, we designed a typeset that correspond not only to latin alphabets but also to Japanese fonts.
Through the contibution of increasing the variation of typeface that combine braille with existing characters
and thinking about it's implementations.
we aim for an inclusive society where using braille becomes commonplace.
Contact Braille Neue Project Founder Kosuke Takahashi.