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. The new children’s area would be a place for children to touch surfaces while learning to read braille through tactile design. The designated area would be designed as an educational tool to engage not only children, but adults as well. Library patrons would be able to see, hear, and touch as they move through the space. Through furniture and tactile surfaces, the space would be able to tell stories through braille.
The thesis is not going to focus on traditional typography, but instead will address the connection between braille and standard letterforms. Using touch as a communication tool and giving lower sighted people more access to the written word is an area of great interest to me.