V U E T O U C H É
Just because I'm blind,
and unable to see the beauty,
doesn't mean it doesn't exist...
... It exists everywhere,
I can feel it,
I can listen to it,
I can smell it,
I can touch it, caress it, embrace it.
I can see through other eyes,
through my entire body.
I can see through my skin.
Senses are the bridge that connects individuals with their surroundings. They are the tool that helps us to perceive and interact with the world and other beings.
85% of the information we receive comes through our eyes. The way things look, their colors, shapes, shadows, lights, knowing the good from the bad with just a glance.
Now imagine perceiving only that 15% of the information that doesn't come through the eyes. Imagine living in a world without faces, without landscapes, without horizon line, with no clouds nor sunsets, with no days nor nights, without having track of time.
The auditory, olfactory, haptic and thermal sensations become the only protagonists of their sensory experience.
The aesthetics of things are essential, but truth is that it's almost always represented visually.
The challenge of this project is to translate this beauty to the rest of senses so that visually impaired people are able to perceive and enjoy it.
That's why Vuetouché was born. A five-piece accessory collection designed for blind people.
A design that, besides turning the beauty of shapes towards the tactile sense, and creating a new user's experience based on the interaction of the pieces with our body, it also aims to facilitate everyday activities that are not as simple for us as they are for the rest of the people.
T H E R I N G
A writing ring that allows the user to write in Braille.
The letters are formed by rotating the smaller rings that surround the main piece.
T H E B O O K
A book holder. Books come in tape forms and can be replaced. The structure allows the user to scroll down the book. One hand holds the device and the other reads.
T H E W A T C H
A pendant that works as a watch. It has independent sections that rotate according to the hours and minutes to indicate the time of the day.
Just by touching the piece, the user can identify the clock hands and tell the hour.
T H E C A L E N D A R
This is a calendar that comes in the form of a bracelet.
It goes around the wrist and is composed of sections that correspond to the day and month.
T H E W A L L E T
A wallet, or more specifically a coin organizer. It has different-sized compartments for each coin value, to simplify their handling. It works by rotating the main structure against the outer cover.
As you've been able to see, the pieces have all been designed around the Braille system. They all work through rotative mechanisms based on the wheel.
They are all tech-free for various reasons: first of all to improve the user's experience and avoid less intuitive tasks as recharge a battery or dealing with a complex interface. Second, to reduce production costs and increase accessibility for people in developing countries.
This was a fundamental premise because 90% of visually impaired people live in developing countries and are far from the possibility of getting any of the technologically advanced gadgets designed today.