Sure I'll work for free, but only for blind clients. I was asked to do some artwork for a shirt/poster for a race that some blind charities including the National Braille Press sponsor. It's called the Vision 5k, where blind and sighted participants run side by side, which is nothing new, but the unique part is that sighted people can take the blindfold challenge, where you team up with a sighted guide and run the 5k "blind". Talk about a creative way to raise money and build an awareness for the visually impaired! And of course I was immediately intrigued about the visuals, so I agreed.
Ironically I had read a biography of Louis Braille a few months before. He injured his eyes while doing leatherwork with an awl, a fact that so unnerved me, I wear safety glasses now when I'm cutting frisket with x-acto blades (just a side note to any other paranoid artists out there with sharp tools).
However a few weeks later this is what comes out. Not exactly what I intended. This highlights the importance of having an good art director on the other end policing, like in Edel's Starfish Project
. But hey it's the National Braille Press, I can't be too hard on their designers right? At least it was for a good cause.