This Comic Book Artist Created Tactile Graphics for the Visually Impaired

By: Mishal Omar - Jul 12, 2016
References: shapereader.org & fastcodesign
The tactile graphics created by the comic book artist Ilan Manouach were designed as a graphic novel for the visually impaired.

The project, titled 'Shapereader,' was inspired by the artist's solitary retreat in Lapland, Finland which has little visual engagement aside from snow and the animal imprints in it. The first graphic novel in this project is called 'Arctic Circle' and does not require a knowledge of braille. Each of the subjects and concepts in the story are represented by a "tactigram" which is "meant to evoke the feeling of what it represents." A braille index provides the information required to understand the story that these tactile graphics tell.

This graphic novel project is accessible to the visually impaired, while offering those who are not a unique reading experience that could educate them on the subject of braille.