Vermont College of Fine Arts
College Hall Gallery
36 College St., Montpelier, VT 05602
Tues, October 9th, 10 am–8:30 pm
Wed, October 10th, 10 am–1pm & 5-9 pm
Thurs, October 11th, 12–9 pm
Fri, October 12th, 12–9 pm
Sat, October 13th, 10am-7pm
Vision loss among seniors is widespread—and with the growth in life expectancy, we are living longer and longer. Inevitably, there will be an increase in people experiencing visual impairment. Though there are many great high-tech devices to help people with vision loss, there has not been enough attention given to applying accessible design in creating affordable, everyday products to benefit them.
To address this issue, I am researching how this population experiences high-contrast colors and basic shapes with tactility, and have been experimenting with fundamental design ideas to create products that can help enhance the everyday activities those of us with good vision often take for granted—including eating, getting ready for bed and getting dressed.
By listening to and interacting with people who are visually impaired, not only have I developed great empathy towards their needs but I also see the opportunity and value in helping them through the power of accessible design.