Tactile design is a useful collaborative tool when participating in inclusive design activities. The first half of the session will highlight design standards & best practices for producing discernible tactile graphics. It will also cover a recent tactile graphics use case, developed at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, of tactile circuit diagrams for greater access within maker culture. The second half of the session will provide hands-on experience by inviting attendees to design & produce their own take-home tactile designs using microcapsule paper & a fuser.|
Lauren Race is a Research Fellow at the NYU Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space that spans clinical, engineering, & the arts. Her work focuses on the intersection between accessibility & design. She holds a BFA in Communications Design & Art History from Pratt Institute & a master's from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where her thesis was on designing tactile schematics for low vision & blind makers. She has taught non-visual design workshops at Hunter College, NYC Media Lab's annual Summit, & frog.