Illustrations from my display at GradEx

  • Project year: 2015
    Various illustrations I drew for my display at GradEx
    Shown at OCAD University’s 100th Graduate Exhibition, April 29–May 3, 2015
    For my display I intentionally stayed away from a normal science poster format, but instead opted for a comic strip–like presentaton (which can be thought of as a sort of continuation for the work I did for Cadmium in 2014) with a short paragraph of text in plain language. The set of illustrations accompanies a display of 18 bowls, replicas of the ceramic objects I had made for my “major research project” (similar to a thesis but technically not a thesis) that are no longer in my possession.

    Physical size: Each panel with accompanying text printed on 17" × 11" paper and pasted on the wall
  • Panel 1: “The inspiration: How this project came about.” 
    Copy: “The idea of the project came from the studio: I couldn’t read my own writing on marbled clay, and what’s written was quite important. So what could be a solution? Maybe some sort of tactile code could work? But why invent a new code when we already have a standard one? It’s called braille.”
  • Panel 2: “The dream: How braille labels might make things more useful.”
    Copy: “Imagine going into a dark room. You want to turn the lights on, but the fan switch is right beside the light switch. You don’t want to press the wrong switch because someone is sleeping next doors and the fan is super loud. So how do you know which switch is which if you don’t know the place? If all light switches have tactile labels you would be able to know.”
  • Panel 3: “The guess: How braille labels might make things more useful (reprise).”
    Copy: “Everywhere we go we see words—lots of words. But if you can’t see and all you can read is braille our world is really pretty bare. No wonder there’s a “crisis” in braille literacy. People have different theories on what went wrong, but it makes sense to suspect that not having any braille on ordinary things might play a role. If designers could treat braille as just another tool maybe we could help reverse the crisis.”
  • Panel 4: “The fear: What might be preventing braille labels from being used.”
    Copy: “Consumer products with braille actually exist. People make them, but they’re rare. So why isn’t this done more often? Maybe it’s too hard. Or maybe designers are afraid that people don’t want to be associated with what’s often considered a disability.”
  • The illustrations in the context of the actual displayed artefacts. Both the shelving and lighting are from IKEA.