A creative director from Poland designed different “fonts” for braille and explores the prospects of incorporating it into tattoos.
It’s all about typography, isn’t it? Sure. It’s with the way it’s executed. For example, awful typography can ruin a perfectly good quote on a tattoo which is why we wonder why people don’t pay attention to this enough and instead end up with cliché and awkward looking script tattoos.
Typography is everything. From the slogans of your favourite ad to the motivational quotes on your Pinterest boards, it makes up for a whole lot in the sense of credibility and overall appeal. We’re lucky to have so many options and outlets to draw inspiration from when it comes to typography.
But the same can not be said to those who can read but can’t see. The braille has only known one standard format—the same uncomplicated, little dots. While it’s been of great help ever since it was introduced, it never had any form of variation to look forward to. It’s always been the same.
That was until a Portland-based designer noticed this lack of thrill in the braille reading experience that he thought of a way to spice things up. Deon Staffelbach of d30n Design toyed with the idea for a while and made several trips to the drawing board until he settled on a simple yet altered version of the old braille format.
He came up with different prototypes and elements and finally settled with three main special braille fonts.
“I call this braille font Constellation, because of the patterns it makes when text is written out. I’m sure a braille reader would be familiar with the basic shapes, and hopefully find some humor and delight in touching a group of stars that form a line of text. It would also be interesting to see an increase or decrease on the emboss on some words to act as light or bold faces,” Staffelbach describes his creation in the project description.
He moves on the next one: “If one could argue that something like a star would be too complex of a shape, or the face of a beveled star too flat for a braille typeface. Then why not take the classic braille dot, and reshape it into a point using a pyramid? The area of contact with the fingertip would be well defined, yet it would still conform to the necessary grid to make the letterforms of the alphabet.”
And finally, receiving Valentine’s day won’t be the same as the others with this particular font. “I think this could make a nice card for a person with or without sight; everyone can certainly get the message.”
It does not stop there. Staffelbach is also exploring the possibilities of the fonts in the form of tattoos, as the blind can not experience tattoos the same way as the rest of us. For more information about Deon's braille fonts, check them out here.