Dheeraj Govindraju (Experience Designer)
Keilani Mansfield (Experience Designer)
Shak Oteka (Experience Designer)
Yanci Wu (Experience Designer)
App Design (flow, wireframes, visual design)
Elementary education is great for developing our left hemisphere, which is responsible for numbers, language and logic. However, areas that are controlled by our right hemisphere, such as creativity, imagination, intuition and empathy, are overlooked in our education system. So how can we help kids to develop their right hemisphere in a fun and personal way? We decided to build a platform that will not only introduce kids to several subjects simultaneously, but also encourages them to explore and express themselves creatively.
A SYSTEM THAT MARRIES GEOMETRY, COLOR, AND MUSIC
Compared to the traditional way of learning music, our system is more visual, intuitive and fun. It is designed to introduce kids to basic music, color and geometry theories simultaneously through play. We picked 7 geometric shapes, 7 colors (3 primary + 4 secondary) as elements, and formed a new sight-reading system. The 7 colored shapes represent 7 basic notes of an octave.
1 DEVICE = 1 OCTAVE = 1 BUILDING BLOCK
A SYSTEM THAT CREATES INFINITE POSSIBILITIES
The device comes with transparent keys, users can go to the app and choose an octave for it, then related colors and sounds will be sent to the keys. This design gives users flexibility to play multiple octaves with a variety of color spectrums without having to purchase multiple devices.
A VISUAL AND INTUITIVE SIGNT-READING LANGUAGE
Twinkle Twinkle little Star
(Right hand only. Octave 3)
Kids can play songs simply by recognizing shapes, which teaches them pattern recognition. Age range: 0 – 2 years old
Section dividers disappear, and shapes start to group into sections that indicate rhythm. Age range: 2 – 4 years old
ODE TO JOY
(Left + Right hands. Octave 2 + 3)
MAKING MUSIC SOCIAL
THE DETACHABLE DEVICES CAN BE SHARED WITH FRIENDS
PROTOTYPING + TESTING
We made a quick prototype and brought it to the Children’s Museum of Virginia. We had 10 participants ranging from 2 to 8 years old playing our model. With a simple demonstration, all of them were able to complete the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” correctly. Some of the them found the experience very engaging and played several times. Some of them started making up their own music.
WHAT PEOPLE SAID
“ZOZOLA is a great stepping stone to any instrument.”
“My child is all about patterns, which is exactly what this tool does!”
“My child is drawn to interesting forms, I think he will like it a lot.”
“Sight-reading can be difficult, and this removes that barrier.”
“…intelligently designed for the ways kids learn best.”