The Book of Shapes

Student Status



“The Book of Shapes aims at enhancing the visual perception that the blind and the visually impaired have of the world around them. The book introduces basic geometrical shapes and combines those shapes to help blind and visually impaired readers visualise objects that they interact with everyday and with which they may be visually unfamiliar. Maintaining the simplicity of the shapes was important to make them easily understandable and to facilitate their distinction. The shapes are embossed on white paper and are paired with short descriptions written in Braille to further enhance the visualisation process. The book also has descriptions in sighted language in order to make the content accessible to everyone. The sighted language is printed on a different type of paper so that the blind reader would be able to easily distinguish between the two types. The book brings together forty designs using only five basic shapes, however the aim of the project is not only to present a comprehensive version of those forty objects, but also to suggest a new system that should be applied alongside braille in order to enhance the visual conception that the blind and the visually impaired have of their entourage”.


Arts Department

First Advisor

Bahia Shehab

Second Advisor

Ghalia ElSrakbi

Third Advisor

Haytham Nawar

Committee Member 1

Ahmed Ellaithy

Committee Member 2

Ahmad Saqfalhait

Committee Member 3

Ayman Ismail



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Not necessary for this item


This piece of art work is part of the "Interdisciplinarity and Design Third Graduating Class of Graphic Design Students The American University in Cairo – Spring 2018" catalog. Held at the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery on December 21st, 2018, the "ALT w Shidd" exhibition showcased bachelor projects by the third Graduating class of Graphic Design students. This year’s projects were divided into 5 panels according to their tackled themes. The panels included “Digital Design”, “Fashion Design”, “Publication Design”, “Advertising”, and “Retail and Branding”. A team of internal and external jury members were invited to each panel in order to provide ourstudents with critical feedback and evaluate the final outcome of their projects according to conducted research, applied methodologies, and undertaken creative design process. Jury members from within AUC included Ahmed Ellaithy (TTO -Technology Transfer Office) Ahmad Saqfalhait (GRDN), Ayman Ismail (Venture Lab), Brenda Segone (ARTV), Heba Safeyeldine (ARCH), Marwan Fayed (GRDN), May Hasebou (GRDN), Mahamad Khalil (GRDN), and Sherif Samy (GRDN). As for external jurors; they included Amira Aboulmagd (Al-Shorouk Publishing), Majd Elsherif (Matter Branding), Mohab Anis (Innovety), Nigel Fletcher-Jones (AUC Press), Sahar Zoghby (FP7), Samy Elias(Sahara Printing), Sawsan Mourad (El Beit Magazine), and Suzie Graiess (Association for the Protection of the Environment).


This record describes an artistic or creative work which was prepared as part of a course of study at the American University of Cairo. The creators retain all rights to the original artistic or creative works described herein.

Publication Date

Fall 12-21-2018

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