Museum

Freedom Sounds Festival Tactile Map

Touch Graphics is proud to provide the tactile map for the Freedom Sounds Festival celebrating the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture! This ledger-sized foldable map is printed with durable UV-cured ink and embossed with highly-defined tactile graphics.

Photo of Freedom Sounds Fest Map Detail

Photo of Freedom Sounds Fest Map

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Talking Tactile Sculpture

  • SDMA 3D printed Sculpture full front view
    SDMA 3D printed Sculpture full front view

The 3D print for our Talking Tactile Sculpture of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Guanyin Bodhisattva has been completed. This talking sculpture will be painted with a gold epoxy coating and equiped with touch sensitive technology. Mounted on a speaker pedestal, it will be displayed at SDMA and will allow visitors to explore an interactive version of this very important sculpture.

Because our interactive figure will be mounted from the back and not standing on a pedestal, a “bonus feature” will be revealed.  It is believed that, “The SDMA’s Kuan Yin is unique in that it bears two characters of the Kingdom’s title “Ta-li” on the soles of both feet. While the “ta” is clearly shown, the “li” is covered by a support bracket soldered on the foot, which was added later perhaps for display purposes.” [Sung Yu for Focus East].  Our figure will include these markings and let visitors feel them and hear the spoken description.

Check back for more progress on this exciting exhibit. In the meantime, visit SDMA’s talking painting or their tactile artbook.

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New Tactile Museum Guide

Newseum Guidebook Cover

Newseum Guidebook Cover

We are currently in production on a beautiful new tactile museum guide booklet. This tabbed, 9 page, calendar style bound booklet features a tactile floor plan for each level as well as a large print and braille guide of that level’s exhibits. The cover features a location map with public transportation options and nearby buildings of note.

The tactile quality of this booklet is unparalleled due to our new production process.  This process allows for varying depths, sharp edges and exact alignment with the printed image.

Stay tuned for full details and more photos soon.

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Talking Tactile Exhibit Panel Video

Watch a video narrated by San Diego Museum of Art curator John Marciari. Sanchez Cotan ‘ still life Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber was re-interpreted by Touch Graphics with help from tactile artist Ann Cunningham in audio-tactile bas relief. This painting speaks when touched and allows all visitors a rich understanding of the work.

Learn more about the Cotan Talking Tactile Painting at the San Diego Museum of Art. 

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