Innovation Voucher Scheme - Fife Sensory Impairment Centre

Zoe Patterson (Other), Kate McLean (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formDesign


FSBE Ltd is a Social Enterprise Company that provides employment for Blind and Visually Impaired people and promotes awareness of their needs to commercial and Public Services. The company carries out transcription of written documents to alternative formats and evaluates and supplies technology products that add to the quality of life for Blind and Visually Impaired people.

Other services include Medico Legal Work, Consultancy and Training, Braille and Tactile products.

The general aim is to provide FSBE Ltd with relevant and efficient guidance through research to create a method of translating complex map designs of local tourist attractions into simplified tactile graphics for use by the visually impaired. Using expert academic/design insights, we will analyse existing materials and propose a method for reducing the information to a bare minimum that is functional and aesthetic for the end user.

The project will consist of research into existing practice in using tactile graphics to depict 3-D objects and outdoor spaces. The objective is to discover how much tactile information we need to convey to a blind/partially-sighted person: a) the essence of an object b) a route around an unfamiliar place. The results of this research will lead to the development of a system of paring down the information contained within maps to the simplest form to enable a partially-sighted person to better navigate an unknown space or place.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012


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