A simple clever system that helps visually impaired use colours

Hand Touching Color Code Board

Colour is a vital part of communication, and for the 285 million visually impaired people in the world, that presents a challenge. But a Portuguese designer has invented a Braille-like language that could help those very people use colours by touching raised shapes affixed to objects.

It’s called the Feelipa Colour Code, developed by product designer Filipa Nogueira Pires. The system is based on research in conjunction with the University of Lisbon and the Helen Keller Center.

Feelipa Secondary Colors

The overall system is composed of 24 different shapes and color palettes, each developed from a simple combination of shapes and colors. This enables users to identify a full spectrum of colours to its matching shapes, unleashing their potential to interact with our colourful world more deeply than ever.


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