Mala Kumar and I are collaborating on creating a guide to learning a new constructed universal language, that replaces Esperanto. The purpose of this is to make language a means of bridging the communication gap between cultures rather than enforcing a dominant power structure. The aim is not necessarily learn the language, but rather, to recognize that “universal” languages are imposed to enforce power structures of the colonizer and counterpart. Below is the constructed alphabet we created for this language.
A web platform for a physical book with an embedded electrical circuit, that acts as a tangible interface, outputting data to the web. This will serve as an educational tool that bridges the gap between the physical and digital medium to create an immersive experience for the user.
1- The user opens the books and flips through the pages.
2- Each page will contain conductive ink that will act as a “switch” triggering a response on screen specific to every page and even individual elements on the page.
3- The screen will contain different audio and visual media specific to the content on every page, as the user flips through the pages. For example, as the user touches each letter, an audio pronunciation of the that letter is heard on screen.
4- The Website will be a parallax, with horizontal scrolling to mimic the flipping of the pages, making the digital interface look as organically flowing as possible.
Below is the link to the complementary website of the interactive guide:
First prototype for the interactive guide:
Note: The audio pronunciations are outputting from the screen, which is not the best quality.
An Interactive Guide to Learning a Universal Language from Nour Chamoun on Vimeo.