A New Sign Language

 
 

Design Activism

A new technique to teach American Sign Language, updated for the digital age

Most current (free) online sources for sign language learning consist of either videos, photographs, or scattered sets of illustrations; and the illustrations I found that were available for public use were typically low quality and not particularly clear. By creating a graphic, geometric system to my approach to the form of the human hand, I'm able to express the same ideas with much more clarity and with an easily repeatable aesthetic. The neon sign gif format allows me to communicate the motion of signs in a way that bridges the gap between illustration, photo, and video.

Though my intentions were good, upon learning more about American Sign Language, I came to realize that a significant amount of ASL communication occurs via facial expressions, body language, and mouthing words, none of which are represented in my interpretation.

2016

 

 
 

Fingerspelling reference poster, 18" x 24"