Iconili’s mission is to facilitate non-verbal conversations.
To support communication, the mother of a child suffering from cancer developed a picture book with relevant symbols from everyday life, as from a certain stage of the disease the ability to speak was no longer given. This gave the child the opportunity to communicate through pictures. For example, when the child was thirsty or feeling bad, he would point to a particular picture to express his emotional state/need. This was the trigger for the Pro Bono Project for the “Sternboot” Palliative Care Team of the University Children’s Hospital Düsseldorf.
The first part of the project was the development of the company name including a review of the rights of use in German-speaking countries. Furthermore, the development of an adequate tonality, the development of a word-picture mark and the corresponding graphic concept.
Everything at a glance
The Iconili book is structured by an index in the main categories of health, help, leisure and food and in specific sub-categories. In this way, users have quick access to symbols and images of everyday life and can indicate their state of mind or well-being by pointing at a scale.
Within the respective categories, there is the possibility of individual expansion. This can be done, for example, by adding your own drawings or photos.
The language of signs or images is the most effective instrument for conveying information.
A simplified way of conversation
Through the visual approach of sign language, Iconili enables patients and their fellow human beings to continue to communicate with each other after this stroke of fate. In this way, these people regain their voice and the deficit caused by the illness is weakened in everyday interaction.
The possible applications are manifold – in the palliative context, in therapeutic measures up to the application in Physiomatic medicine.
Concept of the Iconili app
Porting the project into the digital world would not have been possible without the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. In the course of a semester project, a group of prospective Master’s and Bachelor’s graduates from the Department of Media Informatics not only brought our app concept to life, but also significantly enriched it with their personal input.
Increased reduction through black and white mode
Achondroplasia (also known as Achromatopsia) can develop as a result of the specific course of a disease. This is then a case of complete colour blindness. Only black, white and various shades of grey are perceived – but no more colours. The world therefore only appears light and dark, but its colourfulness has been lost. The Iconili app responds to such disease progressions through the black and white mode function. This deactivates all colours globally and makes it easier for the patients concerned to record the information.
In the course of the brand development, a one-pager was designed and implemented to make the Iconili offer accessible to relevant target groups and to explain the associated functions of the app and the book. The platform also func-tions as an ordering tool for the book, which is provided free of charge.
What would such a complex project be without the active support of third parties? The selected paper (SYNAPS OM) from the manufacturer AGFA, under the exclusive distribution of the IGEPA Group, stands out, for example, due to its wide range of grammages, high resistance (washable, high tear strength, etc.) and the possibility of handwritten addi-tions. Ergo: the ideal choice of paper. Thank you IGEPA. Ergo: the ideal choice of paper.
In the course of this, however, excellent processing of the materials provided is also required. The KÖLLER+NOWAK printing company was the perfect partner for this and added enormous value to the project with its know-how.
We would also like to thank the ATHERA Group – one of the leading physiotherapy providers in Germany – for their financial support. Without their help, the project would not have been feasible in this form.
Porting the project into the digital world would not have been possible without the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. In the course of a semester project, a group of prospective Master’s and Bachelor’s graduates, from the Department of Media Informatics, not only brought our app concept to life, but also significantly enriched it with their personal input. You are great! You are the future! You are strong!