Cheap Braille for Business Cards
Update: A more recent post on this subject is available: Feel Good (Braille) for Business Cards (2011).
Due to an imminent change of name, I’m currently in the process of updating all my personal effects. Nottingham’s School of Education supplies basic business cards to all PhD students, however, in an effort to make myself as accessible as possible, I’ve begun pursuing a braille option to increase the accessiblity of my communications arsenal. People who read braille are in the minority amongst visually impaired people, so I will be exploring other avenues simultaneously (large print cards are an obvious first step). But if you’ve investigated braille and always thought it out of your price range – consider AZZABAT. The website is in the process of being updated – but in terms of supplying Braille Business Cards, their claim that they are “First for Accessible Products for the Blind and Visually Impaired” is not overstated!
AZZABAT supply transparent braille stickers that can be applied over a normal sized business card, or anything else. As with talking labels this gives them a lot of flexibility. This format allows one card to hold two sides of braille text (important considering the 30+ font size of standard braille, and the traditionally tiny format of the average credit-card sized business card). Prices are also remarkably low, at 20p per unit ($0.39) with no set up fee and no apparent minimum order (as of today’s date). Postage is extra, but reasonable. Amazing, considering that a straw poll average of alternative printer quotes start with a one-off set up fee of around £150.00 ($300.00), too much for many individuals.
I’ve ordered two sets of 50, one set covering my name and organisation, the second disclosing my email and phone details. This gives me not only braille business cards, but also stickers with braille contact details that can be applied to academic posters, or anything else, without concealing printed text.