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45 recommendations for 3D printed audio-tactile graphic design

Here we present 45 recommendations for the design of 3D printed audio-tactile graphics, organized into three categories:

  • Planning,
  • Materials and Production, and
  • Context, Use, and Inclusion.

The recommendations are arranged on interactive cards (see diagram) containing:

  • The recommendation code (code legend),
  • The recommendation,
  • Additional information, tips and/or examples.

You can use these recommendations freely and at any order it suits you best.

Although audio-tactile graphics can be applied to many settings, these recommendations are aimed at inclusive education. Refer back to the main article for more information.

These recommendations are the result of the doctoral thesis by Emilia Christie Picelli Sanches, from the Design Graduate Program (PPGDesign), at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and with the collaboration of the Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) at OCAD University.

The research was funded by the Brazilian Federal Foundation for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

Example of a card with three elements being pointed out by arrows: the recommendation code on the top-left, the recommendation in the centre of the card, and an interactive button bottom-centre that indicates there is additional information on the card.
Code Legend