When looking at the design of the interactive box, this is going to be very important as I need to consider different factors to ensure that it is effective. One key factor is that it is compact, this is so it is easy to take around and also has keeps all of the interactive elements together. I think that all three of the boxes above are compatible which is an element I like. I really like the interactivity of the top left hand box, the way that it is a compact small box, but opens out into something more ambitious. Whilst I think that this is interactively effective, I do not think that it would communicate that well to people with aphasia. The reasoning for this is that they need more simplistic packaging approach as simplicity is an important way to communicate effectively. I think that the bottom right hand design would be effective as it would be simple and also easy to make. However by just having one large container, all of the interactive elements would be loose. Therefore, if I could incorporate compartments into it, like the left hand image then this could improve the design. This is because I can locate each element a space to provide clarity which could help when communicating to people with aphasia.
Prior to research into brochure design, I like the idea of having an educational brochure which would demonstrate how to communicate with someone with aphasia effectively. And then on the back would open up onto a poster, by doing this it provides more meaning design. Above I have looked at three different brochure designs to help influence me. They are all quite simplistic and focus on hierarchy, I think that this is very important as it helps the audience navigate effectively.
Flashcards are an effective method of communication and are primarily used to help children communicate. They are so widely used as an early form of communication because they work so well. Although, because of being associated with a children’s way of learning, flashcards could come across as quite patronising and could insult someone with aphasia as their intelligence is not effected. Therefore, I need to think of a way I can design flashcards without them looking to childlike. The reason why I want to include flashcards is because they are so effective, this may help family and friends communicate with the person with aphasia well. Above I have gathered three example of different approaches which could be used the influence me. The first is graphically strong images, I like the way that the prints don’t look that childlike. Although, it could be argued that they are quite abstract. This style may be difficult for everyone to define the image unless it is very clear, otherwise the communication could be lost. I quite like the middle image as it is taking a realistic photo and manipulating the image to look more like a print. I think that this is an interesting approach that I could look into further. The final one I have looked at is the imagery from headspace designs which are aimed to not be targeted at a specific age range. I really like this although I am not a strong illustrator, because of this I think that the flashcards are going to be the most challenging aspect. For me to create visually strong images which communicate well, and not look childlike will take a lot of experimenting.
The idea for the stress ball is for the person with aphasia to use whilst they are thinking of what they want to say. By having an interactive object to use whilst they are thinking is a way of hopefully reducing their frustration. If this is successful this may create a more effective way of communication and allow them to improve their thinking process. I’ve included some images of stress balls as I could just have it as a plain stress ball, not focusing on the design of it but more of the function. Or I could try and visually connect it to the condition, for example the stress ball of the brain. Although, I think this will be a later though once I’ve created a house style.
When doing research into aphasia, I looked at things that can help people with aphasia communicate, and things that don’t help. One thing that I felt way important is interrupting someone with aphasia can make it more difficult for them and interrupt their train of thought. But prompting them can also help as it can help them describe what they are thinking of. Therefore, I thought that question cards could be effective. If I have one cue card that said ‘please wait whilst I think’ and another saying ‘can you help me think of the word’. Could make it easier for family and friends to assist with a more effective communication with the person with aphasia.
White Board & Pen
The idea of the white board and pen is very simple but I think that this is very effective and would be useful in the interactive kit. Whilst some people may struggle to draw, this is also an object that the family and friend could use to help communication. If the person with aphasia is finding it difficult to explain or find the words, drawing may help this. This will not need a lot of designing, by the idea I think is very important. By using a whiteboard and pen rather than a notepad and pen may be more useful as it is compatible and won’t leave loose pieces of paper lying around.