Dyslexic to Dyslexic

Darren McPhail
Visual Communication

College
National College of Art & Design

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Darren McPhail

Dyslexic to Dyslexic

There is not much talk on dyslexia from one dyslexic to another. Public service announcements often tell the story of how it negatively affects a person, a child or how they will be shamed in school. I wanted to target the audience of dyslexic teens entering secondary school and talk directly to them, one dyslexic to another. To tell them about the advantages and most importantly try to flip the perspective that they have of their learning difficulty to a learning difference. Overall highlight the positives of dyslexia. I did this in the form of an animation using only simple geometric shapes to add a different view on what we perceive to have a full understanding of. Basic shapes with no description allow the dyslexic viewer to imagine and use their creativity to decode the messages as they wish and to also emphasise the great view on things that dyslexia can give you. A word to a dyslexic can feel like it must be decoded so dyslexics often gain an ability to see the overall picture this animation puts them at an advantage as they decipher imagery throughout. The animation uses simple colours and also has a halftone effect applied to represent the turbulent and uncertain view that many dyslexics have on themselves and their learning difference and ability to learn. I avoided typography until the main message as this piece is aimed directly at dyslexics therefore avoiding something that can be frustrating, reading. I hope that this piece will impact teens views of themselves and instill confidence in the rest of their school experiences.