Back To School (Student Project)

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Derrick Lin


Designer: Judit Török
School: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Type of Work: Student Project
Country: Budapest, Hungary

“Back to School” was my final project at the university. It is an education kit for pre-school students. Based on the cognitive development the most important thing in this age is to let the children discover the world, and learn concepts from working with materials.

The kit filled with a two-sided learning clock, a geometry set (which is a puzzle as well), a counting board, two wooden dices, wooden counting sticks, two-sided wooden disks for counting and reading, and a removable box with letters.

The illustrations have a quirky, handmade feeling, but the characters have to be really accurate to can be easily recognized. The smooth, gender neutral colour palette roles the whole package.

It’s hard to determine it is a board game, and educational toy kit or a classroom tool. It is all of them a little bit. I think this turned out its strenght to be not too “childish” and not to “schoolish”. It can be used in the classroom as well as at home.

The paper parts can be recycled and the wooden tools can live longer as part of a board game. On the spine of the book is a blank name tag for the child’s name and class.