Maker/Space: a DIY, Accessible Workflow for Tactile Graphics Used in Zero-Gravity Flight


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Tactile graphics convey spatial information to Blind readers concisely and precisely, but these graphics are traditionally composed by sighted designers to fulfill institutional priorities. We invite you to reimagine and reclaim tactile graphics as a fully accessible community practice open to people of all backgrounds and budgets. New York Public Library’s Dimensions lab hosted crew from Astro Access to develop a system of tactile symbols that communicate critical information during zero-gravity flight. We’ll introduce you to the Dimensions open lab model, accessible workflows for rapid iteration of graphics, collaborative flows that bridge gaps in access to CAD software, and how individuals and organizations can cultivate and support Blind designers.