Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books

Guidelines for designing tactile illustrations for children with visual impairments

Suzette Wright from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) shares guidelines about tactile illustrations for children’s books, with a focus on books for children who are blind or visually impaired.  This online document includes the following sections:

  • Purpose of the Guide
  • Role of Illustrations on Children’s Books
  • When a Child Has a Visual Impairment

    • Story Box Objects
    • Tactile Illustrations
  • Role of Tactile Illustrations in Children’s Books
  • Types of Tactile Illustrations
  • Challenges and Limitations of Tactile Illustrations
  • Principles of Good Tactile Design
  • Designing a Meaningful Tactile Illustration
  • Sequence of Difficulty for Tactile Illustrations
  • Last Words
  • Summary:  Design Considerations for Types of Tactile Illustrations
  • References
  • Appendix A:  Tools and Materials for Creating Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books
  • Appendix B:  Related Products from APH
    Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books
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