Hands-On Mapping: The Story of a Blind Cartographer: Rumsey Map Center's 5th Anniversary Celebration

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April 23, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Geography, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

On the event of the fifth anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, please join us for an online talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer. 

Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial percept, as well as the design constraints on tactile representations that are surprising and challenging to most visual designers. Key topics include historical techniques for creating tactile maps, examples and counterexamples of tactile map use cases, and promising technologies for expanding the availability of accessible maps in the future. 

As we have been doing with many of our events this academic year, we are designing a keepsake to go with the talk and the anniversary celebration. The first 150 that register and attend the talk will receive the keepsake in the mail.

Please register here: https://events.stanford.edu/events/908/90805/

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