The following series of illustrations is the first part of the story of Rishi, which is a part of the book, 'dyslexia: a mind of gold'.
'dyslexia: a mind of gold', is a book that I'm currently making as my final thesis project in visual communication and strategic branding under the course: no-logo branding. The aim of the course is to re-brand dyslexia for one of its major stakeholders: parents of children having dyslexia. I decided to make a book for parents; to be given to them when they get to know that their child has dyslexia. The book being titled as 'dyslexia: a mind of gold' projects dyslexia as a condition that can be a boon and not a curse. It aims to let parents know why should they and how can they own their child's dyslexia proudly. The book visually communicates dyslexia, its strengths and practical measures, which can help parents to 'unhide' their child's genius.
Story of Rishi -
I decided to start the book with an illustrated story of a boy having dyslexia. The boy, Rishi himself is narrating the story. It is to provide grounds to the parents to begin with. I didn't want to have a clinical approach and immediately start with dyslexia as a 'problem' and how can we 'correct' it. Therefore, Rishi's story allows parents to begin the book with an example similar to their own situation. It also provides some insights on how the child's life is, who has dyslexia.
After the above illustration the story continues with Rishi saying, "It makes my parents feel angry, sad, irritated, frustrated, confused and helpless. But only if they knew..."
The series of illustrations ends after the above line and the book continues with the idea, "that to understand dyslexia, the first step is to understand the brain." The book then goes on to visually explain brain, dyslexia, what does genius mean, how is a child with dyslexia a genius, to 'unhide' the genius and so on...
Few close ups -