Haptic Lab is a design studio founded by Brooklyn architect Emily Fischer in 2009. Specialising in tactile and sensory design, Haptic Lab create custom handmade objects designed to playfully explore the sense of touch and feel. Emily made her first quilted maps when her mother was diagnosed with glaucoma; these early projects were meant to be wayfinding tools for the visually impaired. Emily was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, USA. She received her Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2005 and now lives in New York City. Emily works as an architect whilst also maintaining connections to academic research as well as artistic practice, through Haptic Lab.