Visual art is probably the oldest art. But people with vision challenges have been held back, perhaps for many years by avoiding making art. However, it is never late to start and this painting system helps to paint with ease and joy. Through the researching about the behavior of people with visual disability, the conclusions are: Painting can help people with limited vision to face life in a more positive way; vision and touch are closely related. After the shape symbolism experiment and interview, the conclusion is people with visual disability understand the metaphors of the pictures. The mock blind life experience shows that people with visual disability have heightened other senses. After the attempts of blind drawing, the problems came out and the design goals are help people with visual disability draw accurate position and size, recognize colors and set up the supplies independent. The outcome is a painting system that allows people who are blind or who have limited vision to draw, while also allowing people with sight to see what is being drawn. The user simply presses the raised guideline and uses tactile guide points to draw. The easel also features a folding, latching storage drawers and a textured palette with for mixing pigments, a sink, and cleaning foam. The brushes with convenient textured tags in their handles, allow one to identify the shape of brushes. The six basic color pigments are scented, which helps to recognize them by smell, on top of braille labels. The raised guide arrows can be touched everywhere in the box for tactile reference and guidance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Easels--Design and construction; People with visual disabilities--Services for

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Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Mindy Magyar

Advisor/Committee Member

Gary Molinari


RIT – Main Campus

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