Back in October, I wrote a postreaching out to the creative community to find someone to design a stylish icon for Bold Blind Beauty. I wanted something more in line with the message of this blog which is anyone can be confident and stylish.
So after I put out feelers for someone up to the task of creating an updated take on the original white cane icon I connected with Jennifer Barrile. Jennifer was on board at the outset and after we exchanged a couple of emails, a few weeks later voilà!!
Jennifer designed two icons in black and white. Both, are an image of a chic woman carrying her handbag who happens to use a white cane. What I like most about these images is how Jennifer captured movement. She (the women on the move) is stepping forward with purpose in her stilettos and her hair is best described as explosive.
The dress. Well, the dress is a vision of individual panels reminiscent of overlapping banana leaves. The panels gently curve from the icon’s nipped in waist to just above the knee. This woman is on a mission and she knows she’s fabulous even with her white cane.
Jennifer, thank you so much for working on this project with me, it was such a pleasure brainstorming with you on this beautiful design.
Update: It should be noted that this icon was specifically created for Bold Blind Beauty and is not a replacement for the nationally recognized white cane icon.
So yesterday my blogger friend Susan of Adventures in Low Vision, and I were having a discussion on October being Blindness Awareness Month and we were tossing around ideas for an awareness ribbon. This discussion got me to thinking why not reach out to this community for help on an interesting design project.
The white cane, is a mobility device that allows its users to navigate the world safely and independently while at the same time it indicates to others that the user has some form of vision impairment. Likewise the icon used as blindness awareness features a silhouette of a person using a white cane.
Before anyone gets all up in arms on ADA guidelines and specifications, what I am about to request is specific to this blog only. I’ve included in this post the reworked International Symbol of Accessibility by the forward thinking Accessible Icon Project. This is an example of how positive change begins.
Since this blog represents style and lifestyle for blind & vision impaired women I wanted to seek assistance in creating an icon of a stylish woman using a white cane. The twist on this image would be the woman using her cane in one hand, while carrying shopping bags in the other hand.
If anyone out there is up to the task of designing a graphic like the one I’ve outlined I’d sure love to hear from you. If you’re not a designer but know of someone who is and could possibly be interested please let me know. Please comment below or reach me directly at email@example.com. ~Steph