Driving this project was the mission to help alleviate strained relationships between children and their parents/grandparents resulting from the overuse of entertainment technologies. Children relying on these technologies tend to turn less to their elders as a source of entertainment and learning. As a group, we studied the real case of a grandfather that writes short stories to his grandson. Choosing one of his stories, we designed a handwritten, interactive book that creates a playful and empowering storytelling adventure, requiring no technology to keep both parties engaged in the activity.
The words within the story play a crucial role in creating a dialogue for both parties involved in the storytelling activity. With this in mind, we decided to focus entirely on the typographic treatment of each word. Handwritten and drawn by hand, the words focus entirely on human interaction in order to be depicted. Watercolor textures found on the outside pages express the moods and feelings that often accompany a story.
Holding the book is a wooden container made from oak. Keywords from the story have been transferred onto the wood, echoing the narrative found within. The object acts to symbolize the continuous interaction that takes place between the storyteller and listener. In the case of our stakeholders, the container reminds us of the grandfather’s act of writing stories for his grandson, an activity that he will keep on doing time and time again.