0306, TMAP Tactile Mapping System, 2017
Two panels are printed with visible and tactile lines and text. The first panel is a key; the second panel is a map. The black dot at the center represents Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, on Fifth Avenue. TMAP can generate a tactile map from any street address, using any tactile printer. The TMAP system was designed by Joshua Miele, a scientist and designer who is blind, with San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Raizlabs, a Rightpoint company.
Joshua Miele (American, born 1969), with Scott Blanks, Greg Kehret, and Naomi Rosenberg, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco, California, USA, founded 1902) and Brian Vogelgesang, Raizlabs, a Rightpoint company (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2003); Embossed print; Courtesy of LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.