Theresa Piersall

Empowerment: J, P, Z

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Summary & Process

Our group chose to create a children’s book on the topic of Empowerment. Since this can be a complicated topic for kids to understand, I wanted my pages to be lighthearted and uplifting, and I wanted my interactions to be simple and encourage exploration and discovery.

J is for Journey

The first letter was J for Journey. I wanted to try and show that everyone in life takes a different road in life. To depict this, I chose rolling hills with many roads, with a distant sunrise, to symbolize that all of life it still ahead.

A young boy looks ahead at Landscape with many paths
J is for Journey
Video of Journey Tablet Interaction Prototyped with Principle App

P is for Planet

The second letter was P for Planet. Many of the letters already tackled diversity, so I chose to focus on taking care of the Earth itself. In bubbles around the globe I depicted three children doing things that can benefit the environment, that real children are capable of doing themselves.

Three kids help the environment around the Earth
P is for Planet
Video of Planet Tablet Interaction Prototyped with Principle App

Z is for ZZZ

The last letter was Z for ZZZ (sleep). I used this letter to tie the topics of the book together. Children should know that being kind to others is important, but so is taking care of themselves. I went for a simple illustration of a boy asleep in his bed.

A young boy sleeps in a bed
Z is for ZZZ
Video of Zzz Tablet Interaction Prototyped with Principle App


With this project I did my best to explore many styles and I used many different tools to translate those styles and textures into print, digital, and interactive settings. In the end I learned the importance of illustrative flexibility to make even traditionally rendered designs work across multiple mediums.

Downloadable Assets

You may use the below assets created for this project provided via Figma as long as you give attribution, share your outcomes, and if your use is non-commercial in nature.

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