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PIERCARLO ABATE, Instructional Design

BACKGROUND: The Austin State Hospital in Austin, TX is a mental health residential facility operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services. It has a capacity of 299 beds and serves patients with a variety of mental illnesses and disabilities.  The hospital offers daily classes to patients on topics related to mental illness.

THE ISSUE: Direct care staff from the forensic word (unit B) noted that their patients have encountered difficulties to read the class schedule and therefore they were unable to attend class.

THE SOLUTION: I developed an visual aid divided in four parts:

  • Why: an info-graphic showing  practical reasons explaining why patients should go to class
  • What: a list of available classes, each of one with its own logo
  • When: the classes schedule
  • Where: locations where classes are held.

 

From planning to  production, I managed the project through three different steps.

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PRODUCTION-EVALUATION

I supervised the production of the over sized prints and I asked a group of unit B patients to find specific classes in order to evaluate the results.

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GRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT

I developed and designed the info-graphic. All the logos , design and graphic representations are original.

I also designed the layout that is  not based on a template. As tools, I used Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photo shop.

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PROBLEM  ANALYSIS

I reviewed the old schedule and I identified issues like out of date and often inaccurate information, need for updates and use of  very small fonts. Attached, there is a copy of the old schedule.