During a ten-week graphic design project I wanted to do something I've never done before; a tactile ABC book for blind children with a circus theme. Creating this book was for me a big risk since I'm not a part of the target audience, but it gave me one advance in one way.

Many tactile books that are out in the market today are quite plain and not interesting for sighted children. The colours are dull and the shapes aren't that innovative. Inspired by 50's design I therefore wanted to do something that was interesting to look at, and possible to read with fingers for the blind. The materials I've used is all from bicycle tires to parts of cat toys and acrylic painted jeans - all in the strive to get the right feeling on the material. Several Swedish books don't include letters as Q, W or X in their books, instead they often write something in the style of "this one is a tough letter that many words doesn't starts with", according to me a quite bad excuse. I therefore created characters for these letters too; quiche, wigwam and xylofon (xylophone).

Whilst creating the book I also got the chance to read and learn braille. The way the script is constructed is magnificent and so clever. I combined braille with the typeface Tiresias that is designed for impaired, so they also would get the chance to read the book. All dots that create the braille are made by hand, just as the characters in the book.

Exhibited at the Linnaeus University's degree exhibition "D+R" 4-16 June 2013. For images, view this blog post.

Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator
Amanda Larsson Graphic Designer and Creator