The Louis Handle

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ArtistGisela Salazar
Design TeamGisela Salazar, Priscila Villalpando
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The challenges visually impaired people face every day are immeasurable. Louis Braille invented a tactile reading and writing system based on dots.This handle is inspired by the geometry used by Braille incorporating a subtle curve that introduces user’s hands to a flat surface on the back of the handle where a small description of what’s inside is written in braille. It allows for visually impaired people to acknowledge what’s behind a door or drawer. The Louis handle aims to lessen the challenges visually impaired people have while completing everyday tasks.Small changes create a big impact.

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