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Finally, a typeface that combines Braille and visible characters

Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi has created an inclusive typeface that allows those who can and can’t see to access the same information.

Called Braille Neue, the font features English and Japanese characters merged with their braille counterparts. It comes with two typesets: Braille Neue Standard, for English, and Braille Neue Outline for both English and Japanese.

Made with Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in mind, Takahashi hopes that the easy-to-use system will lead to more public spaces using braille, as well as increased awareness.

Braille Neue

“Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since it takes additional space and sighted people consider it not important,” the 24-year-old creative said. “Braille Neue addresses this issue by making braille easy to use for sighted people.

“By spreading this typeset I believe more people will get acquainted with braille… [And] braille tends to be small and invisible, but with Braille Neue it has the possibility to expand spatially into public signages in new ways.”

Braille Neue

Although not the first effort to combine braille with Latin characters, Takahashi’s typeface is the first to include Japanese letters.

You can learn more about Braille Neue by heading here.

Braille Neue

Braille Neue

Braille Neue

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