Braille, A Tactile Writing System

It would take a type designer well acquainted with Braille, the writing system used by the blind and the visually impaired, to arrive at the conclusion that even this centuries-old system of dots can benefit from typographic variation. That designer would be Jonathan Fabreguettes (Perez), who frequently works on meaningful projects culminating in valuable contributions to type and typography. In this article, Fabreguettes provides us with a brief history of Braille and an explanation of its ingenious system. This is followed by a look at a Braille typeface family he designed that contains variations for accommodating a variety of applications and user profiles.