Aesthetics for the Blind?

11.29.2006

As you may have seen, a federal judge has rules that U.S. paper money violates the Rehabilitation Act because different denominations cannot be easily distinguished by blind and visually impaired people.

This page lists the characteristics of other paper currencies.

But there is an aesthetic aspect of currency design - history, sense of pride, etc -- so this is my question oh Ritual Lab Rats - How can we create designs that are aesthetically pleasing to the blind?

6 Comments:

At 11/30/06 3:15 PM, Blogger d.g. said...

With a die-cut, of course. The real question is: How many holes can you put in a bill with a standard paper-punch before rendering it unacceptable as legal tender?

 
At 12/1/06 10:03 AM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

I think there's something to different bill sizes, as well, relative to denomination. Perhaps the goonbags who made the dime smaller than the nickel and penny will note their usability error ... from their graves!

 
At 12/4/06 10:53 AM, Blogger Nathan Verrill said...

Re Aesthetics for the blind -- both suggestions are good functional solutions to the problem -- but what I'm getting as how do we add aesthetics for the blind? A sighted version of the approaches for blind people would be a rectangle with a 10 on it -- nothing aesthetic whatsoever.

So -- texture? tactilly pleasing patterns? What about beyond money?

 
At 12/4/06 6:50 PM, Blogger d.g. said...

One might argue that the aesthetic value of a die-cut would depend on the form and complexity of the resultant edge or hole... but I get your point.

I could imagine some interesting tactile stuff — ribbed for her pleasure! — but given the course of technology, I imagine a more likely aesthetically appealing approach would be a suede-surfaced debit-card with a voice chip that says "You've got all the bankroll you need, baby" in the voice of Barry White, and/or his female equivalent.

And yes, I'm somewhat disturbed that I am unable to determine who his female equivalent would be.

 
At 12/4/06 6:51 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit.

Like you've never masturbated to that.

 
At 12/6/06 2:15 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

Natron's got his finger on the pulsating something-or-other: Daily Show's got their own ideas, the thievin' bastages ...

 

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