Braille & Tactile Information for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Braille and Tactile signage to comply with the Equalities Act 2010

I have been providing design for the blind and visually impaired for some eight years now and have undertaken projects under the banners of Acuity Design, Think Graphic, The Dogrose Trust, several other agencies and as an independent freelancer. This work has been commissioned by organisations such as The Scottish Parliament, The National Trust, The Imperial War Museum, The National Army Museum, The Keep (the national archive for the Mass Observation project) and various regional museums throughout the UK.

These designs have included:

Large cast metal plaques and plinths, bearing tactile information and Braille, for the foyers of public buildings and for visitor attractions (both indoor and outdoor).

Robust PVC, high contrast, tactile and Braille guides and maps; for use by blind and visually impaired visitors, to buildings open to the public.

Disposable, swell print, versions of the above. These can be sent out to visitors, prior to their visit, so they can acquaint themselves with the building’s layout.

High contrast and Braille signage.

Tactile handling objects, for educational purposes.

High contrast and tactile interpretations of visual art.

Both Acuity Design and I now also provide audio guides. These are of great value to both braille readers and non-braille readers. Not only can they provide an accessible narrative to a building or visitor attraction, they are also of great use in providing travel instructions to the site. These guides are produced to the highest standards using a trained narrator and a professional sound technician. The recordings are then saved to non-proprietorial file formats: losseless .flac files and easily downloadable .mp3 files.

Together these services enable me to ensure that clients, in charge of buildings open to the public, achieve full compliance with recent accessibility legislation.

You can see some examples of my work for the blind and visually impaired here.