Braille Neue Project


concept / graphic / original

Chracter with braille.
Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters. This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space. Braille Neue consists of two typesets - Braille Neue Standard which is for English alphabet and Braille Neue Outline which is for Japanese and English. Our aim is to use this universal typeset for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 to create a truly universal space where anyone can access information.

Braille for everyone.
Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since it takes additional space and sighted people consider it not important. Braille Neue addresses this issue by making braille easy to use for sighted people. By spreading this typeset I believe more people will get acquainted with braille.

Implementing braille in new ways
I also conducted a research to see if large signage with braille was readable for blind people.Through the research, I found out that as long as there is the 6 dotted pattern, it is possible for them to read it regardless of its size. Braille tends to be small and invisible, but with Braille Neue it has the possibility to expand spatially into public signages in new ways.

Overwriting existing signage
With Braille Neue, it is also possible to overwrite existing signage in public space by adjusting the kerning. It is easy to implement into the existing infrastructure and is a stepping stone for a sustainable and inclusive future.

In latin alphabets, attempts to combine braille with existing characters have been made by various designers all over the world. In this project, we designed a typeset that correspond not only to latin alphabets but also to Japanese fonts. Through the contribution of increasing the variation of typeface that combine braille with existing characters and thinking about it's implementations, we aim for an inclusive society where using braille becomes commonplace.

Reference of past works.
"VisualBraille (2009) ” Christopher Heller
"Braille Fonts (2014)” Larysa Kurak
"Blind words(2015)” Nuria López

サインが進化しても、点字は未だ「視覚障害者専用の文字」であり、晴眼者にとってその存在は希薄だ。 そのような状況に対し私たちは、点字と墨字が一体となった欧文・和文書体「Braille Neue」を開発した。

点字のサインとしての問題点は、晴眼者にとってその存在が希薄であるにも関わらず、 スペースを取るため、結果として公共空間に必要最低限しか実装されないところにある。 点字と墨字を同時に記述できることで、今まで実装されてこなかった場所に点字を実装したり、 既存の点字の上に墨字を上書きすることができるようになる。

このプロジェクトの目的は、点字と墨字が一体になった書体を、世の中に広めていくことにある。 私は点字そのものを視覚障害者専用の文字という固定観念から解放し、 それこそ「ひとつの書体」として、万人が点字を自由に活用できるようにしたい。 やがて誰もが点字を読んだり、書いたりして、楽しく活用できるようになったとき、 本当の意味で障害者と健常者との間にある壁がひとつ取り払われるのではないか。

Reference of past works.
"VisualBraille (2009) ” Christopher Heller
"Braille Fonts (2014)” Larysa Kurak
"Blind words(2015)” Nuria López

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Kosuke Takahashi


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