Two of my favorite things in the world come together in one talented designer: Leslie Ligon.

Leslie's Braille Alphabet bracelet could be up for a People's Design Award!

Her art (jewelry) and advocacy (Braille literacy) come together to poignant results. And at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (part of the Smithsonian), Leslie could be up for a People’s Design Award with your help. Please vote here to show your support.

Voting ends at 6pm EST on Tuesday, October 12, so please click soon!

The need for Braille literacy is startling.

  • Unemployment among blind individuals: about 70%
  • Percentage of blind individuals in the workforce who read Braille: 95
  • Percentage of the blind who read Braille: 10

Visit Leslie’s blog to see additional designs. A percentage of the profits from the sale of Leslie’s “At First Sight” braille jewelry are donated to organizations that promote Braille literacy.

[Sure, I’m a little biased because her husband Eric was one of my foremost design professors at the University of North Texas. But no way – I’d be impressed anyway. In fact, this bracelet is officially on my Christmas list.]