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424 Design: Design With a Cause - Design for Autistic Children

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

Designing for a cause is when there is design around helping people with disabilities, problems, and disorders. Mark Pierce and Garry Gassel, members of the band The Wingmen, recently came to 424 Design for an idea to help Autistic children perform and simplify daily tasks. Mark explains, “Autistic children need sequential chores to perform simple tasks for their day and this product coaches them through it musically.”

In 2010, they approached 424 Design to help design a product around the songs ’Shower Up‘ and ‘That Toothbrushin’ Thing’. They were written to easily allow autistic children to brush their teeth and shower. The reason they needed a product design was because the products out there on the market to play the songs were hard to operate and unsafe for bathroom use, like the boombox or CD player.

This was an opportunity for innovation. After listening to the tracks, it was easier to conceptualize a fun idea for the child and better understand the project. 424 Design made sure that the children could use the product with a simple push of a button. By transferring the tracks to a digital format and into an actual product it made for a safe, yet portable musical device. After getting the audio working, then came an exploration of fun shapes and forms based on the upbeat songs.

424 Design prototypes for ‘Shower Up ‘and ‘That Toothbrushin’ Thing were tested locally as well with Mark’s niece, who has autism. He boasted, “My niece successfully performed the tasks!” Mark and Garry are currently trying to help market the prototypes for production.

If you would like to help out or learn more about ‘Shower Up ‘and ‘That Toothbrushin’ Thing' please feel free to contact 424 Design at info (at) 424design or email Mark Pierce, the inventor at abuk580 (at) markpierce (dot) com.

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