cBraille lighting exhibition
A lighting exhibition for people who are blind
Did you know 90% of people who are blind see light?
The brief: to raise awareness about the importance of light to people who are vision impaired.
Designed by e2 and constructed by Built, cBraille was as a pop-up exhibition housed in a custom-built shipping container, which aimed to raise awareness around the importance of light for people with vision impairments. It also showcased cSigns, a signage system that helps people of all vision types better locate their destination.
The exhibition is made up of 16 panels designed with LEDs as Braille and works on the concept that a vision impaired person can locate the Braille with their eyes and read the tips of the LEDs with their fingers. The space includes 14 panels of quotes and anecdotes about light and blindness and houses audio of students from the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children teleschool answering ‘what does light mean to me?’
cBraille opens our minds to new possibilities of wayfaring signage that can assist people of all vision types better traverse through the public domain. And these possibilities transcended our expectations entirely. During the exhibition e2was lucky enough to host a young boy and his sister who are both blind. The young boy has complete vision loss in one eye and has minimal light perception in the other eye. Reading the braille with his fingers he moved in closer to the LEDs and was able to read the light with his better eye. This was completely unexpected. The concept was to use the light to locate the braille, not to read the light with your eyes.
The exhibition and its moving and unexpected results, reflect the importance of social design in today’s world.