What my thesis is not.

My thesis will not focus on one individual human sense, but will rather engage all the senses at once (5d design). My thesis will not be a two-dimensional piece, but instead a multi-sensory space for children within the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. My thesis will not only engage blind to low-sighted persons, but also will also strive to include sighted people.

Children’s areas in libraries tend to have the bare-bone necessities: children’s books, a few stuffed animals, and perhaps a soft surface where the children can lie down and read. My space will instead be an area where children can touch surfaces while learning to read braille through tactile design. I am interested in using the space as an educational tool to engage not only children, but adults as well. I intend for library patrons to see, hear, and touch as they move through the space. Through furniture and tactile surfaces, the space with tell stories through braille.

My thesis will not focus on traditional typography, but instead address the connection between braille and standard letterforms. I am interested in using touch as a communication tool and give low-sighted people more access to the written word.

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5 responses to “What my thesis is not.

  1. It appears that an important sub-focus of the thesis is the notion of tactile typography–bringing the sense of touch to the written word. The subject matter is concrete, and the context is wonderfully real.

  2. I cannot wait to read more about your thesis. v.interesting.

  3. You tend to write in the active voice (yeah!). This mode is encouraged by the use of first person (“I”) narrative, but you are also achieving active voice most of your third-person sentences as well. Especially strong constructions inclue “the space will tell stories…” To make your writing even more active and forceful, look at putting action at the center of a sentence. For example, the sentence “I intend for library patrons to see, hear, and touch as they move through the space” could change to “Library patrons will see, hear, and touch as they move through the space.” Now, these verb forms truly function as the predicate of the sentence. The sentence also becomes more compact.

  4. Sorry for the typos in my comments above. Writing window is small, and there’s no preview function…

  5. Jennifer Cole Phillips

    Your writing is engaging and well framed. It helps that you’ve worked diligently to focus what began as a very broad topic.

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