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NON-VISUAL DRAWING TOOL: Co-Designing a Cross-Sensory 3D Drawing Interface for and with Blind and Partially Sighted Drawers during Covid-19

Kamat, Mitali (2021) NON-VISUAL DRAWING TOOL: Co-Designing a Cross-Sensory 3D Drawing Interface for and with Blind and Partially Sighted Drawers during Covid-19. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Kamat, Mitali
Abstract:

Drawing as an activity aids problem solving, collaboration, and presentation in design, science, and engineering in addition to artistic creativity and expression in the arts. Although drawings are some of the most ancient and cross-cultural examples of human creativity, blind and low vision learners still lack an inclusive and effective drawing tool, even in the digital age. Raised-line drawing kits aim to provide this, but blind participants found these to be barely comprehensible, most likely attributed to the fact that a line representing a surface edge reflects a visual bias that violates haptic principles of perception. In contrast, participants found 3D models to be more effective. For this reason, a drawing tool for the blind should afford 3D perceptual cues.

Furthermore, my investigation of blind and sighted drawers reveals how they continuously react to their prior marks while developing their drawings. How could this be afforded by a 3D drawing tool non-visually? Through, co-design sessions (conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic) with blind and partially sighted drawers (BPSD), I prototyped a 3D construction kit with a digital interface to translate 3D-haptic drawings of a custom-designed kit into an online virtual environment, suitable for 3D printing and collaboration.

Date: 6 May 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blind and Partially Sighted Individuals, Blind and Partially Sighted Drawers, Multi-Sensory, Cross-Sensory, 3D Drawing
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 13:35
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 18:03
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3366

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