Broken Crayons represents a series of facilitated 1-hour workshops about creating unique letterforms.

Focused on visual exploration, the project is inspired by a child-like and material-discursive way of creating—making graphic designplayful, liberating, and accessible without a formal design education.

In order to promote the usage of analog tools and collaborative making, particularly with young children, the workshops incorporate a game called “Alphabet Soup” that uses worksheets and prompts. All assets are designed by me and eclectically collaged together to represent a diversity of motivational creative approaches.

  • This project represents the start of an independent creative studio and pedagogical process. My aim is not to appropriate children’s aesthetics just for personal style or popular appeal. Rather, I consider this the beginning of an educational design approach at both a primary and collegiate school level. I hope to introduce creative advocacy to young students and encourage professional designers to push the boundaries of design acceptance and sensitivity.

  • Expect updates on this project in the future.

  • Done for completion of the RISD BFA Degree Project thesis, supervised by Ramon Tejada.
  • Documentation of the final installation showcasing the results of the workshop.

  • Documentation of print media utilized in promoting and participating in the workshops.

  • Documentation of peers and students participating in the workshops—photos courtesy of myself (Truman Lesak) and Matthew Cuschieri.

  • Documentation of every letter drawn in the workshops by both college and elementary students.

  • Thank you to the RISD Design Center Commons Gallery, M. Virginia Cunningham Elementary, and Martin Luther King Elementary for hosting and participating in the workshops.