2022 AMI Online Salon

Conversational Turns Illustration Series

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  David Ehlert
  • Client: Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Copyright: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Digital application (e.g., web/mobile)
  • Primary Audience: Parents with young children

Project Description

This illustration series teaches parents to engage their child in shared reading to promote language development. These illustrations will be used in a multi-center research study to test the efficacy of a remote, parent-focused dialogic book sharing intervention for toddlers with oral clefts.Communication challenges included illustrating a dialogue between parents and young children, simplifying and visualizing concepts rather than relying on text, and emphasizing what to do rather than what not to do.We chose an illustration style that mimics illustrated children’s books to reinforce the importance of shared reading for language development. Visual cues were prioritized over written text to make the concepts more memorable and accessible to a broad audience. Care was taken to represent family diversity among the illustrated characters to help the study resonate with as many parents as possible.