For our IDBM Industry Project, we partnered with StartSOLE. They briefed us to create an interface to “pull students into Social-Emotional Learning”. Currently, they offer a solution solely targeted at teachers. Since StartSOLE is an app-based service, the final deliverable was expected to be a graphical user interface.
Early on in the process, we established key success factors with StartSOLE: simple, credible, and transformational.
ABOUT THE VISUAL STYLE
As the project progressed, I took illustration as my main area of responsibility. From the get-go, I set myself a goal to create a custom style. My aim was to depict emotions in a way that appeals to kids ages 8-11 (our target group), without being too childish, kitschy, or corny. I mixed digital and analog techniques to add texture and depth to the images.
TOOLS AND METHODS USED
For the illustrations, I combined digital and analog tools. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, a scanner, and a printer were in heavy use. In my opinion, interesting results are often a result of mixing different techniques. Creating the illustrations was an iterative process, and took multiple revisions to create the final versions.
ABOUT OUR CLIENT
Founded in 2015, StartSOLE's mission is to make SOLE (Self-Organised Learning Environment) accessible around the world. The StartSOLE team consists of teachers, experts, developers, and students. They're based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jeff McClellan, Founder & CEO
Justin Duffy, Director of Technology
Shaun Yoder, Managing Partner
Steffen Jakob, Software Engineer
Frans Bouwmeester, Software Engineer
Team StartSOLE/Aalto University
Sofia Nissilä, Design & Illustration, Workshop Facilitation
Nicole Hußmann, Research, UX/UI Design & Client Management
Lara Render, Research & Product Development
Oula Airiola, Research & Product Development