Tactile Navigation for the Visually Impaired
It is said that the nature has answers to all our problems. As a designer, I have learnt to seek inspiration and guidance from nature. Tacna is a project where I take inspiration from nature in an attempt to empower the visually impaired by creating a product that would enhance the accessibility of an existing navigation system.
My research consisted of two major topics - understanding the users who in this case, were visually impaired people and the second topic was nature, that would act as a guide to my design process. After having studied and interviewed the stakeholders in this system, I got a deeper understanding of the user group. An important factor in the design research was that of sight and touch - colour was an important topic that was studied. To empower the user group it was imperative to understand how the visually impaired interacted with their environment. I understood that the design solution needed to enhance accessibility for both - visually impaired through a colour based system and for the blind through a touch based system. Following this research, I studied various elements of nature which could be the foundation of my design solution.