Before being researchers, we are designers, and therefore aesthetics play a very central role in the production of our research tools. After going over a dozen illustrators in Lebanon, we decided to collaborate with Fouad Mezher, a talented young Lebanese illustrator and animator. The main criteria for the most appropriate character for our cultural probe kits were:
- The character should look genderless enough to appeal to both boys and girls.
- The character should look hip and edgy to reflect today’s image of ‘cool’ teenagers.
- The character should be quite flexible in expressions and movements to convey the attitudes and questions provided in the kit.
We worked with Fouad over a month trying to find the perfect character, and we finally landed on one we could all agree. We are still not sure what to name it, we though perhaps a 3 letter name that can be male and female would work best. Any suggestions are welcome.