Designer Kosuke Takashi has developed a font called 'Braille Neue' that harmonizes the standard Roman alphabet with braille, the tactile alphabet used by people with vision impairments. The new font correlates every braille character directly with its Roman counterpart in the alphabet and its Arabic partner in the numerical system, creating a one-to-one ratio that can make any piece of text simultaneously legible in both written English and braille.
Braille is only a lettering system (as opposed to an entirely different language), so every character in braille already directly indicates a letter in the Roman alphabet. However, the tactile representations of those characters aren't designed to feel like the shape of the visual letters — an "A" in braille is not a series of dots in the shape of an "A", in other words. Braille Neue creatively shapes its Roman characters to conform to standard braille, creating a doubly useful font that's inclusive of people with vision impairments.
Image Credit: Kosuke Takashi
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