Alban Phillips

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Graphic designer, Alban Phillips, has always wanted to try his hand at doing a brief based on the problems of dyslexia. From type to colours, from ways of seeing to manipulating words. It is a topic that can be problem solved through design. He then found a similar condition called dyscalculia, which is the same as dyslexia but instead with numbers as a result of a brain disorder.

1 in 10 children in the UK suffer from this condition, and Alban found little that had been done, design wise, to solve this problem. Children find it difficult to solve basic math concepts and to manipulate numbers. In some cases, it is difficult for children to associate the word seven with its symbol. However there are solutions out there that can solve this problem and by using paper, Alban has created a learning experience that could potentially solve this. 

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Studies show that one of the most effective solutions in overcoming dyscalculia is by using your senses. For instance, children may count out seven beads to visually see what seven looks like or clap seven times to hear what it sounds like. So by using your human senses, it makes the whole experience of learning numbers more memorable. Alban had created a process of making 3D numbers out of paper which in turn enables children to visualise and touch the contours of a number.

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Since the project’s main target audience was that of children, he tried to make it as approachable as possible. The colour palette used is based on the range of ten coloured tinted lenses used by dyslexics, that you can place over text. By chance, these colours were very vibrant and playful, suitable for children. Alban paid attention throughouot his project, to not only to people who suffer from it, but also to those who don’t. 

Fiona Finchett