10th March 2016
First year Graphic Design students at York College students have worked on a special Signed Stories animation project for ITV - bringing their ideas to life for a unique children’s storybook app.
Signed Stories is a storybook app with sign language options, helping to make a huge difference to the lives of families across the UK and America. It is described by parents and teachers of those who use it as life-changing.
The app has a very simple goal, to improve literacy for deaf children and those with special educational needs. It does this by bringing stories to life with animation, narration, music and most importantly sign language. Allowing deaf children and those with special educational needs to access the best children’s literature.
Students were asked to produce animations for popular nursery rhymes, which will be performed in both British and American Sign Languages for deaf children around the world. They animated six nursery rhymes: Incy Wincey Spider, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Alice the Camel, The Wheels on the Bus, Humpty Dumpty and Baa Baa Black Sheep.
Each student had a brief to give the nursery rhyme their own stamp and to come up with unique, innovative and different ideas. A following winners were chosen from each nursery rhyme category by ITV’s creative team:
Incy Wincey Spider - Lawrence Culpin
Baa Baa Black Sheep - Tanyarat Khangkhan
Alice The Camel - Calum Abernethy
The Wheels on the Bus -Will Medd
Humpty Dumpty - Georgia Chapman
Yankee Doodle Dandy - Niamh Honeywood
Dave Dodson, Designer/ Animator at ITV Signed Stories, has enjoyed working with the students in a series of workshops along the way and says: "I was really impressed with how enthusiastic and creative all the students were, it's made it very difficult to choose between their animations."
Sally Jackson, Graphic Design Tutor at York College said: “We have been really excited and privileged to work with such a large and innovative company. The students have relished the opportunity and each one has produced fantastic work. We are all eagerly anticipating finding out the winners but all the students now have fantastic experience for their CV’s and university applications’”