The Duplicated Boy


Title: The Duplicated Boy
Categoria: Editorial Design, Illustration, Art Direction, Text Development
Type: Academic (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ)
Year: 2014

Link to access the graduation project (if you wish to use the content of this graduation project on your research, don`t forget to credit the monograph on the references section): The Duplicated Boy

Graduation project made for the Visual Communication Design course of The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2014.2, which consisted of developing the graphic project concept, text, illustrations and managing the multi-sensory resources.
The Duplicated Boy is a multi-sensory, interactive and inclusive book destined to visually impaired kids (born blind and with low vision) as well as sightseeing infants, from 8 to 12 years of age. The story portrays a kind reflection on relationships and promotes the acceptance of the others as equals. It tells the story of a lonely kid, who can be anyone -therefore unnamed -, looking for a friend, in a journey that inspires self-awareness, inclusion and, principally, the respect and the acceptance of others.
The main goal of the inclusive narrative is to provide an educational, complementary material for schools and homes that helps molding the kids’ personality, since the beginning, to the acceptance of others, with no exclusions. Also, the book was planned to be read by more than one kid at the same time, which supports friendship, interpersonal relations and knowledge sharing.
In total, 16 poems were written considering the concept generation, the acquisition of new vocabulary and the cognitive development, based on concrete concepts (tangibles and non-tangibles) and abstract ones. For the illustrations, 40 silk screens were created to implement tactile resources.
The book offers audio narration so that illiterate kids can also enjoy the experience.
This project was selected to be part of the 11ª Bienal de Design Gráfico (11th Biennial of Graphic Design) in the editorial design category.
Selo Bienal do Design Gráfico
Livro O Menino Duplicado. Detalhe lombada.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado
Simple and understandable illustrations were created, focusing on daily routine elements to provide easy comprehension and cognitive relation for all kids, even the ones that are not literate yet. Also, the simplicity of shapes and objects facilitates the reading by blind kids and infants with low vision. As to the former group, the technique of outlining images was applied, combined with a specific graphic finishing, according to the most relevant features of objects and concepts, pointed out by born blind kids from 8 to 13 years of age. As to the latter, enlarged text and images, as well as contrasting colors increased the experience of reading. The images are associated with the story and complement the reading experience.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado
U V.  S I L V E R  H O T  S T A M P I N G  I N K
Detail of the mirror illustration with silver hot stamping ink applied.
This finishing was chosen to provide an association with the reflecting and the even features of a mirror.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado
U. V.  S H I M M E R  I N K  +  E M B O S S I N G   
Detail of the guitar illustration with a shine finishing and transparent contouring that emphasizes the smooth touch of a wood guitar. The image provides sound so that kids can play the instrument.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado
T H E  P O E T R Y
The poetic genre, still undermined by kids in the classrooms, was chosen for the text narrative, since it enables rhyming, the students’ speech and the generation and association of concepts through the use of metaphors.
Also, considering the disparity in literacy time between born blind and sightseeing kids, the use of this style fits the chosen age, as it enables the reading for kids in literacy stage, by means of separated lines, as well as in the case of more advanced readers, due to the linked verses.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado
M U L T I – S E N S O R Y   R E S O U R C E S   –   O L F A C T I O N
Micro encapsulated Aromatic inks of chewing gum and apple aroma were applied to the illustrations, associating scent to flavor, concurrently.
Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado

F L U F F Y  I N K     

Application of puff effect to soft and fluffy surfaces, like the images of the chewing gum and the eraser.

Detalhe de uma página interna do livro O Menino Duplicado

F L O C K I N G     

Application of flocking to surfaces with velvet and soft touch, like fabric and cloud (associated with cotton).

Livro O Menino Duplicado

A B R A S I V E  U . V .  I N K 

Application of the abrasive ink to simulate sand in external environments.

Detalhe glossário - O Menino Duplicado
G L O S S A R Y   
The book has three pages of glossary, which emphasize the vocabulary and the concepts learned in the book, as well as showing more words in each environment. Each concept is narrated by audio description and it works as an interactive and illustrated dictionary.
Página de abertura do glossário ilustrado do livro O Menino Duplicado
Livro O Menino Duplicado - Glossário
D E T A I L    
Fluffy effect applied to the eraser image.
Livro O Menino Duplicado - Glossário
Livro O Menino Duplicado - Glossário

G L O S S A R Y   P A G E 

Livro O Menino Duplicado - Glossário

G L O S S A R Y   D E T A I L

Livro O Menino Duplicado - Glossário
B R A I L L E . B R ®     

Printed in the Braille.BR® system, which allows the reading by both visually impaired and sightseeing kids. The ink, made by a type of resin, neither harms the paper nor decreases it by finger pressing, possessing long endurance.
Capa livro O Menino Duplicado
Capa livro O Menino Duplicado
M U L T I – S E N S O R Y   R E S O U R C E S   –   S O U N D 
Conductive ink combined with an Arduíno Leonardo board (touch Board), sensitive to touch, was used in some illustrations, like the guitar, the alarm clock, and the faucet to provide multiple senses in a single concept.
Página interna dupla do Livro O Menino Duplicado
Placa de arduíno do livro O Menino Duplicado
B R A I L L E  A L P H A B E T
The presence of the Braille alphabet allows the interchange of knowledge, the enhancing of the cognitive information of the student, and the approximation between sightseeing and visually impaired kids.
Página interna do alfabeto braille do livro O Menino Duplicado

E N D P A P E R  

Detail of the endpaper in pink color plus and digital varnish located.

Detalhe da folha de rosto do livro O Menino Duplicado
Capa do livro O Menino Duplicado

The Duplicated Boy was presented to researches, teachers, blind and sightseeing people who showed a great enthusiasm and comprehension of the concepts as well as interest in the story. This feedback is a present for me and it makes me seek more solutions to make the world a better place.
This project was idealized and executed with extreme love, dedication, care and passion. It reflects the vision of a young designer who believes that communication is beyond what we see: it’s a blending of multiple sensations and experiences that mold our personality, our lives and the way we relate to each other. A young designer that believes in Design as an inspirational and a transformational tool for the excluding social context that we live in and as a key to modify and restructure the human beings and the relationship in society.
“You don’t have to be elegant
Strong, or smart
You just need to accept the other
With all your heart.”
The Duplicated Boy, Aline Aride