Raynes, Coco

Coco Raynes

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  • École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs


  • Coco Raynes Associates, Inc.


Boston, Massachusetts


Coco Raynes is a pioneer in the field of Universal Design. Her work includes an Accessible Information and Wayfinding system for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and inclusive exhibits that have opened National Museums in Colombia and France to blind visitors. She designed the award winning, multisensory identity for the United States Access Board, as well as manufacturing techniques to permit tactile maps and information on glass. The Raynes Rail, a Braille and Audio Handrail System with multilingual capabilities has been recognized as an invention and is covered by U.S. and international patents.

Coco Raynes Associates, Inc. is a leader in the field of Environmental Graphics and Coco has lectured worldwide on the subject. Her philosophy to work beyond minimum requirements — with regard to quality, aesthetics, ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act, and client expectations — has resulted in innovative designs and solutions. The firm’s design excellence has been acknowledged with many prestigious awards, including the Gold Awards from the industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in 1994, Honor Awards from the society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) in 1994 and 2002, and the CLIO Award in 2003.

For her career achievements, Coco Raynes was honored with the 2006 Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects.