the tactile book
tactile book, silence /About the book

Silence, a book to be read with the senses.

This work is my final year project of my studies graphic design.

It consists in carrying out a book using the relief of 3D printing, to make illustrations and braille.Offering a new tactile communication for all, giving visually impaired accessibility and a new tactile experience to the public Seer.

According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO ) «there are approximately 285 million people suffer from some sort of visual impairment of which 39 million are blind, representing 0.7% of the world population. The developing countries account for 90% of the population affected by blindness in the world. It affects mainly affects people over 50 years representing 65% of the total.»

This book of poetry illustrated relief to read and play for the blind and visually impaired people therefore offering a new tactile communication for all, to allow to have an "image" or representation and also a new interactive way to read a book by touch.

Silence is a collection of poems by way of micro-stories that relate feelings and sensory experiences, in many synesthetic occasions. It is independent sentences, but also as a whole short story.

The book has a cover, back cover and sheet loans, inside cover, 14 pages each with poetry represented in the two alphabets, 14 pages of illustrations and description in Braille just below these for facilitars your understanding. All pages have the same format to guide easily using repetition of the elements of the book.

Formally simple illustrations contain a complex meaning that surprise the viewer who sees and touches. They have been made thinking about how the message to be read by touch and not create misunderstandings. Designed a minimalist removing everything that was not important for communication, but keeping the figurative form of everyday objects so that blind people were easier to relate it to their daily reality or even giving them a new mental shape your imagination.

The dimensions of the page are 215x150cm. Each page has a bridge and 5 holes. High bridge allows to fold the pages providing greater flexibility.

The binding was intended to facilitate the DIY (do it yourself). This binding based enquadernadors is accessible anywhere in the world and also economic. In addition the page layout opens the door to multiple possible bindings.

The color White Book is chosen by symbolic issues. It is the symbol of the white cane blindness, also the white color in RGB is one that contains all colors, symbolizes all colors that blind people have to imagine in order to empathize with those who see.

The books for visually impaired people are few and very expensive. Besides that they count most with a slow manual process. So 3D printing would be useful.

This book opens a way to generate a new form of communication focused on a universal and accessible language to any persona. This a new medium for publishing more accessible content.