Let symbols do the talking — iconili helps people with non-verbal communication
To facilitate communication, the mother of a child suffering from cancer developed a picture book with relevant symbols from everyday life, since from a certain stage of the illness the child was no longer able to speak. This enabled the child to communicate using pictures. If the child was thirsty, for example, or didn’t feel well, it was possible to point to a picture to express their mental state or need. This was the trigger for the pro bono project for the Sternenboot palliative care team at the University Children’s Hospital Düsseldorf.
Iconili has made it its mission to make non-verbal conversation easier. Since the dawn of mankind, sign language or visual language has been the most important and most effective instrument for conveying information.
Iconili makes simplified conversation in everyday life possible. Feelings, mental states or even desires can be communicated simply and intuitively.
Serious illnesses (stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral haemorrhage after venous thrombosis, tumours, inflammatory diseases, intoxication) can impair the performance of the brain’s language centre or bring it to a complete standstill. This is then referred to as aphasia. Exploiting the visual nature of sign language, Iconili enables patients and their fellow human beings to continue communicating with each other after this blow of fate. Thus, these people get their voice back and the disease-related deficit in everyday life is mitigated.
• in a palliative context
• as part of therapy
• in psychosomatic medicine
The communication solutions developed by CRENEO take place in analogue (picture book) and digital (app; release mid-2020) form.
• Corporate design
• Interface design and app development
• Picture book design
The pro bono project was carried out in collaboration with the Sternenboot palliative care team of the University Children’s Hospital Düsseldorf under the direction of Dr Janssen.
Note of thanks
What would such a complex project be without the dynamic support of third parties? The chosen paper (SYNAPS OM) by the manufacturer AGFA, exclusively distributed by the IGEPA group, for example, won us over with its wide range of grammages, high durability (washable, high tear resistance) and the possibility of adding handwritten notes. Ergo: the ideal choice of paper.
We would also like to thank the REHACON Group – one of the leading physiotherapy providers in Germany — for their financial support. Without their help, the project would not have been possible in this form.
The porting of the project into the digital world would not have been possible without the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. As part of a semester project, a group of prospective master and bachelor graduates from the media informatics faculty not only brought our app concept to life, but also enriched it significantly with their personal input. You are superb! You are the future! You are awesome!