photo from the tactile workshops, bruno munari
Italian designer, Bruno Munari educates us through the sense of touch in his book, the tactile workshops. His enthusiastic subjects that take part in these workshops are children. Munari’s observations provoke thought on the sense of touch and the impact of diverting the visual focus and refocusing on the tactile.
This prompts several questions: What occurs in the mind when one comes in physical contact with an object without the use of their vision? There may be a heightened awareness through the other senses, but what more? Is this an exercise (and expansion) for the imagination? Is more of an impression made when one can interact with the object without the handicap of sight? And, can this potentially lead to a greater investment in the object (content/experience)?
The visual language Munari uses to convey the information in the book is very carefully handled. Rectangles of transparent color highlight areas that require special attention. A strip of blue may highlight materials on a table, a pink circle calls attention to the way a space is navigated, a strip of red calls attention to a young boy’s face, deep in concentration, as he guides his hand over a tactile board. SG