Inclusive Typeface Combines Braille With The Visual Alphabet

Inclusive Typeface Combines Braille With The Visual Alphabet
Design

Braille Neue allows sighted and non-sighted people to read the same typeface, doing away with the need for multiple iterations of the same information

Catherine Ollinger
  • 9 april 2018

Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi designed a creative new typeface that can be read with the eye or the hand, combining braille and visible text to make signage that works for everyone. Called Brail Neue, the typeface consists of visual letters—like the Latin alphabet or Japanese characters, for example—overlaying a grid of braille dots, resulting in one line of text that both visually-impaired and sighted people can make use of.

The main advantage of Braille Neue is that it merges braille, often incomprehensible to sighted people, with visual text, which is likewise useless to the visually impaired, saving space and multiple iterations of the same information. While Takahashi’s font is not the first attempt to combine the different methods of communication, his implementation of it points to the possibility of more inclusive graphics in public spaces.

Brail Neue

Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi designed a creative new typeface that can be read with the eye or the hand, combining braille and visible text to make signage that works for everyone. Called Brail Neue, the typeface consists of visual letters—like the Latin alphabet or Japanese characters, for example—overlaying a grid of braille dots, resulting in one line of text that both visually-impaired and sighted people can make use of.

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+braille
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+Health
+hispanic
+typography
+visual impairment

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