Braille is a relief writing system used by blind or visually impaired people. Invented in the early nineteenth century by Louis Braille, it is designed on a vertical grid of 6 dots, often with the points being a raised surface. The grid of 6 dots allows 2^6 possible combinations (64).
Braille exists today in three basic forms: embossed braille on paper (the dots are raised but not printed), resin or heat sensitive/thermographic braille (the dots are in black or color and raised) and braille on digital tablets and 3D-printing (plastic pins or raised dots).
I work with braille every day and I wanted to create a very complete typeface which allows typographic finesse by providing slightly different weights. That makes it possible to choose the weight according to the reader’s preference (some readers may prefer larger or smaller dots, more tightly or widely spaced dots) and the printing technique.
The Confettis Braille typeface contains 12 fonts, in 4 variants and 3 weights. The 4 variants are: braille 6, braille 8, braille 6 dots and braille 8 dots. The “dots” versions are used by sighted people (people who have vision) for reading braille easily. The versions with 8 dots are used in specific contexts.
The typeface contains the 256 possible combinations in Unicode, in the 6 and 8 dot versions, which means it can be set in all languages using braille. However, as braille varies for each language, priority was given to French braille setting on the AZERTY keyboard with matching Latin-to-braille glyphs available for rapid text setting. If you want a variant of the typeface optimized for fast setting in your language, you can contact me.
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Thanks to Mark Jamra for his editorial assistance with this text.