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Design and Application of Tactile Icon Labels

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 1:20 PM PST  
Grand CD  
For non-visual operation of an appliance, tactile labeling is an important method for identification of buttons on touch surfaces. Popular labeling methods such as bump dots and braille tape are low cost and effective but there is room for improvement and standardization. We have developed a collection of tactile icon stickers for home appliance labeling that takes tactile labeling to the next level. With over 5,000 tactile icon appliance labeling packages sold we have a unique perspective on the design and application of tactile icon labels. Key elements of the session: 1. Advantages and disadvantages of existing tactile labeling methods 2. What are tactile icons and how do they improve upon existing tactile labeling methods? 3. Labeling a microwave oven with tactile icons 4. Why are the tactile icons the way they are? a. What we learned from our study with visually impaired test subjects b. Assembly and manufacturing constraints 5. Where are tactile icons helpful and where are they not helpful. a. Includes information about current appliances and how to avoid appliances that can not be labeled with stickers 6. Future considerations  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Research & Development
  • Retail & Wholesale
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
For non-visual operation of an appliance, tactile labeling is an important method for identification of touch surface buttons. This session introduces tactile icon labeling, including usage, advantages, disadvantages, and future considerations.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Design
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Independent Living
Session Type
General Track  


  • Anne DeWitte
    Tangible Surface Research, LLC

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