COTO – Communication Toolkit

Anna Herrmann produktdesign, form

A tactile toolkit, designed to make people and especially families with children talk about uncomfortable topics. Coto was designed to help children and minors to cope and understand their grief after someone they know has passed away. But during the designprocess the tools turned out to be useful even for grown ups, and not only helpful if a loved one passes away but for general topics that take courage to talk about.  

To gain a scientific background to this project I was working together with therapist specialized on the subject of grief. The result is a group of characters which each symbolizes a different feeling. To emphasize on the various attributes and meanings of the feelings, every figure is created in different materials. This also creates a very tactile and intriguing moment when interacting with them.

The objects are intuitive in their application, there are no directions for use or wrong ways of using them.

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