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Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Yu Yerin
Design Type: Product & industrial, Branding
Company / Organization / School: Korea Design Membership +
Team Members: Yu Yerin, Jung Ziwoo & Jeong Hyewon
Since long ago, young children would gather and form groups while engaging in sand play, naturally learning how to interact with peers. BUMFEEL drew inspiration from the Korean traditional sand play called "Toad,Toad" that conveys a message of cooperation and unwavering hope. This message holds great significance for visually impaired children, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and perseverance in their educational and playful endeavors. Through play, typically developing children learn rules, socialize, and enhance their sensory and motor skills. However, visually impaired children face difficulties due to limited visual experiences, hindering their communication with peers. Additionally, the current braille education infrastructure and content for visually impaired children are monotonous and restricted. To address these challenges, our solution promotes shared physical experiences between visually impaired and non-visually impaired children, fostering social skills and offering effective braille education. By using a vision-blocking cover inspired by a toad's house, we create equal conditions for both groups. The protruding silicone pad enables tactile exploration of braille and object shapes, facilitating communication and the development of sensory and motor skills. Moreover, the versatile design of the pad, which can be used as one solid piece or two separate pieces, sparks children's imagination.