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Tactile Mapping Overview

(Prepared for guest presentation to a group of college students studying to become Specialists in Low Vision and Blindness.) What is a tactile map? Tactile maps use raised lines, textures, and braille to diagrammatically represent areas or locations (e.g. cities, countries, neighborhoods, college campuses, museums). Tactile maps may include some visual information, like high-contrast color […]

Tactile Cartography

In designing tactile maps, we use similar methods as one would for visual maps. We use symbols, line types, textures and abbreviated labels to represent things in the real world, and we provide a legend so these things have meaning. In tactile design, we call it a key. There are fairly set standards for how […]