Since the digital age of information eyes became major human organs. So what if their current
role of receptor organs was shifted to effector organs. What if we could write with our eyes and produce organic traces, personal inscriptions?
What could be a writing system designed for eye's movements?
Oculoscription, or eye-writing, is a writing technique invented by the director of research Jean Lorenceau (CNRS). His system uses eye's smooth pursuit movements and screens combined to eye-trackers. I realised a partnership with Lorenceau in order to initiate my project, with a prospective and speculative design approach.
During history hands shaped structures of latin letters. For the eye-writing system they needed to be adapted because it operates differently from handwriting system. Traces are best continuous and invisible during tracing with Lorenceau current system. Moreover, eyes induce specific anatomical and motor constraints. Hence, the aim is to conceive a plausible and an ergonomic model for eye-writing but still based on latin script's structure for recognition means.
The eye-writing technique isn't innate and the new letter structures conceived for its purpose are unfamiliar with current reading habits. Therefore, a double learning process was needed. This is the Manuel d'oculoscription function's, the eye-writing Manual. A program of ocular exercices was conceived as well as a syllabic reading teaching method to get acustomed to new letters.
This technique could take off being a future mean of communication for disabled people as well as non-disabled ones.
Diploma project Master of Arts in type design.
research, experience design,
type design, editorial design