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Social Distancing while Blind: A Co-Designed COVID-19 Rapid Response Comic

Priego, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4418-369X (2021). Social Distancing while Blind: A Co-Designed COVID-19 Rapid Response Comic. Graphic Medicine Review, 1(1), pp. 1-6. doi: 10.5164/gmr.28


According to the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), more than two million people have sight loss and about 350,000 people are registered blind or partially sighted in the UK (RNIB 2019). Information about social distancing measures in the UK has been mainly visual and therefore poses specific challenges for visually impaired persons. We present a COVID-19 rapid response two-page comic created employing co-design methods adapting an interview with a visually impaired person and their experience of the communication of social distancing measures during the early stages of the first COVID-19 pandemic UK lockdown between March and April 2020.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
Publisher Keywords: COVID-19; Co-design; accessibility; participatory design; sight loss; comics studies; graphic medicine
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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