Young designers reveal dyslexia themed ‘street book’ in city centre locations

junior designers with a page from their street book about dyslexia
Some of the members of The Junior Design Factory, with a page from the dyslexia themed street book.

A team of young designers from The Junior Design Factory, a Creative Briefs project, have today revealed their ‘street book’ on the theme of dyslexia, at locations across Hull city centre.

Jason Bowers, director at Creative Briefs, said: “The Street Book celebrates dyslexia through a series of large scale illustrations along with specially commissioned poetry and audio which together reflect the alternative way of thinking we call dyslexia. Collaborating with local poet Vicky Foster, illustrator Faace, and recording studio The Broken Orchestra, the project invites the public to immerse themselves in how dyslexia is experienced from the viewpoint of a dyslexic young person.”

Members of the public are now being invited to find the street book pages, and explore the subject to learn more about dyslexia. Each page of the book includes a QR code which links to poetry recordings. The poems have been written by Vicky Foster, following workshops with the junior designers earlier in the year, and are read by numerous well-known Hull people.

This street book builds on the work the junior designers completed earlier this year at The Sesh and the Freedom Festival, having been awarded a Chambers Culture grant from Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce. The pages of this latest street book have been sponsored and supported by a number of local businesses and organisations too, including: Home from Home Petcare Ltd, HULL IS THIS, Dyslexia Sparks, Ships & Pigs, Humber Street Sesh, Diverse Learners, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull Schools Library Services, Emmaus Hull & East Riding, The Broken Orchestra, Hull College Group, Rooted in Hull, Dinostar, TransPennine Express, and others.

Junior designer Josh explained: “For me it’s quite a special thing because a lot of people would say ‘oh dyslexia is purely about reading and writing, you can’t read, you can’t write,’ well, of course that’s not true. So we’re trying to put this in a way that people can learn what dyslexia really is. It’s a lot more than ‘you can’t read, you can’t write’. There’s a lot more to it, and this is what we’re trying to do with the street book, we’re creating more awareness about what dyslexia really is.”

The Junior Design Factory is now looking forward to more street book work in 2020, tackling the themes of autism and dyspraxia. They are currently looking for sponsors to get involved.

Website: Creative Briefs

Website: Junior Design Factory

[Jerome Whittingham – editor]