As avid readers of graphic novels, comics, vintage pulps, superhero adventures, illustrated reportage and pretty much any other forms of image and text you can cobble together on paper, we’d be pretty devastated were we to suddenly find ourselves without the ability to enjoy them at will. For some, that fear is a reality and for blind and partially-sighted people the world of graphic fiction is one they’ll never know. Philipp Meyer objects to this and has been working hard to create a tactile version of our favourite boxed-off narratives that can be enjoyed manually instead of visually.
Life is his first attempt at creating a simple comic book for the blind and he’s channeled all his efforts into making sure it’s as exciting for those without sight as comics are to those with it. In this instance texture is key, and Philipp has experimented with a variety of different ways to communicate quickly and accurately with his readers using only perforations in the paper. Early tests and reader feedback sounds positive but we’re just impressed to see comics moving into new and exciting territory that allows everyone to appreciate an often under-appreciated medium. Long may it continue!
- Photographer Enda Bowe searches for light and beauty in At Mirrored River
- Dive into the trippy 3D world of Vector Meldrew in his latest video for Addison Groove
- Finnish illustrator Daniel Stolle’s atmospheric editorial illustrations
- Iris Erlings’ delicate drawings are inspired by the works of modernist sculptors
- Node Berlin Oslo talks through its redesign of Haus der Kulturen der Welt
- A closer look at five creatives speaking at Design Indaba 2017
- UN Women Egypt releases intricately illustrated print ads to highlight gender divide at work
- Chinese photographer Ren Hang has died aged 29
- Designer Lennart Van den Bossche’s typographic work combines "logic and beauty"
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Miffy creator, author and illustrator Dick Bruna dies aged 89
- Photographers Kelia Anne MacCluskey and Luca Venter explore the limits of reality