What have you done that might be relevant?
- Worked for a charity once (barnados)
- Gran once had eye sight problems and couldn’t see for a while.
- Did some night walking in the woods, was blindfolded and was only allowed to use a rope to know where I was going.
What can you collect to help you?
- Textures of things.
- Braille? Books on braille?
- opinions on charities.
- Personal experience? (like blindfold self and see what it’s like for a day)
- Speak to the people at the charity.
- different things that stimulate the other senses.
Who can you put yourself in the shoes of?
- Client (the blind people that benefit from the charity)
- Family of the clients.
- The volunteers.
- Blind designers.
Who might be able to offer you a fresh perspective/insight?
- People outside of the brief (friends/family).
- Someone who has never worked/interacted with blind people.
- People who haven’t heard of the charity.
- Exhibition designers.
- History museums.
- people that the charity help.
- people that help the charity.
Do you have a point of view that you’re comfortable with? If so, why?
Don’t really know much about the charity or it’s history yet. Know it’s important to raise awareness of that they do by letting people know the history of the society raises awareness. Could in turn help the charity. People therefore may want to get involved more. Don’t focus on the bad. Focus on the good.
Have you any negative experiences regarding your subject matter that could fuel a positive outcome?
I personally haven’t had any negative experiences, with the charity, blind people, or any charities to be honest. However, I know that there’s a lot of stereotypes that are held with blind people and a sympathy that they may not want. As in, they have come to terms with their impairment. They don’t want you to feel sorry for them, they’ve got used to it, they just need support and understanding, and I think this is partly why the charity is so important and raising awareness of them.
Who might be good people to contact first? (Aim for 10 names)
- The head of the charity.
- Organisers within the charity.
- People that hold onto the archives and the history of the charity.
- Clients of the charity.
- Publics knowledge of it all. Both the charity and their knowledge of what is available to the visually impaired.
- Long standing volunteers.
- Museums – look how they show their history.
What barriers might you face in your research? How might you get around them?
If targeting this at people that are visually impaired, it could be challenging. Needs to be readable by people that have good eyesight and those that don’t. Also depending on the depth of the archive could be hard to find a detailed history or even a detailed enough story within the charity to follow (if the person we want to tell the story of is unavailable for various reasons).
What’s the most off-limits place you can think of to get into?
As someone who feels very awkward in social situations – to me – going into the charity and speaking to the clients would be quite a big thing. Although when we went to speak to them at the briefing they said their clients were very willing to talk to new people and students.
What repetitive task/experiment can you conduct, however relative to your brief?
Maybe talking to the same people at the charity, or watching how they perform everyday task to understand how they do things differently to those who have better vision.