A multi-platform solution.
My graduate project Vitü is a tool that combines industrial, textile, graphic and interactive design to teach today’s children to understand and express their emotions.
I worked with a team of 5 girls from different areas of design to develop this concept prototype, my role in this project was as interactive designer.
We began by doing an extensive documental research on emotions and how children deal and learn about them, we conducted interviews with professionals that specialize in children psychology as well as with parents and their children, when trying to obtain information from kids we found it easier to do some activities such
As drawing techniques and group activities.
From the findings of the research, we developed the following insights that guided our entire ideation process.
For my children to learn, I have to learn first
I want the time I spend with my children to be quality time
With my parents, I do not feel alone
Vitü is formed by 3 elements that interact with each other to provide a 2 way channel of communication between families, a bracelet for the children, a lamp and home decoration for the household and an app for the parents that serves as the bridge that connects everything.
Kiti Taan: Interactive Bracelet
An interactive bracelet for children named Kiti Taan, shaped like different animals that provides a pet-like companion for children while giving them the opportunity to log their feelings throughout the day, it also had an option to express to their parents that they miss them.
Yunu Taan: Home Accessory
The second component is a Tree-shaped lamp that serves as a charger for the bracelet, Yunu Taan is also a way for parents to express their feelings to their children, the tree is controlled through Vitü and lights up in different colors, each indicating a different emotion
Vitü: Smartphone App
The third component is the app Vitü, this app is the bridge (as its name states) between parents and their children.
Through the app parents are notified when their kids log their emotions and are showed a timeline and graphics to be able to obtain insights on their children’s development, (e.g. if your son feels sad every Wednesday afternoon perhaps he is being bullied at soccer practice) the app also provides counsel on how to talk to or deal with different emotions with your kids and suggests activities that promote family communication and boost quality time.
Why is it valuable?
VITÜ was designed and developed by Sandra Almanza (interactive design), Pamela Alonso (textile design), Marijoze Benitez (industrial desgin), Maria Curiel (textile design) & Emilia Schettino (graphic design & illustration)