BRAILLE MEETS EMOTICONS

A VISUAL LANGUAGE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Braille Dingbats, an emoticon addition to the Braille alphabet in a 9-dots grid.

Braille Dingbats – overview smiley © Walda Verbaenen

Braille meets emoticons is a Dingbats extension for Braille, called ‘Braille Dingbats’, where braille meets emoticons.
Happy, enthusiastic, sad,… Emoticon images, universal images, used by people who can see, and therefore immediately can show in one character how they feel.
But what about people who can see poorly or not? People who are using the Braille language are forced to use the alphabet to describe their emotions. This insight became a starting point to design an addition to the Braille alphabet, based on our emoticons, converted into a ‘dot’ language that characterizes Braille. This typographical experiment tries to build a bridge to visual language for the visually impaired.

This idea started at Routine Archive, whereby Carl Haase (Zero Desk), lecturer and Researcher at  PXL MAD, gave me the opportunity to think about different aspects within his  ‘Mother of all’ (MOA) platform ‘World without words’. 

The Braille alphabet is built within a grid of 6 dots, Braille numbers are fitting in a 12 dots-grid.
‘Braille Dingbats’ is based on a grid of 9 dots.

Braille dingbats – poster with overview alphabet © Walda Verbaenen

22 of the most common emoticons are translated into this ‘new’ Braille grid.

Braille dingbats – poster with 22 emoticons © Walda Verbaenen
Cover booklet ‘When Braille meets emoticons’ © 2021 Walda Verbaenen
Inside pages Booklet ‘When Braille meets emoticons’ © 2021 Walda Verbaenen
Inside pages Booklet ‘When Braille meets emoticons’ © 2021 Walda Verbaenen
Cover & back cover Booklet ‘When Braille meets emoticons’ © 2021 Walda Verbaenen