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As part of a university project, we were asked to design something for a person suffering from a specific phobia. I chose to work with agateophobia, the fear of becoming insane or acquiring a mental disease.

 

I came to understand that in most cases those individuals that question their sanity are most likely sane. So then I started asking people the following question:  "If you wake up one morning questioning your sanity, what would you do in order to find an answer?"

The majority of the answers involved an ‘activity to confirm pre-existent knowledge’ and so I decided to create a series of objects that would serve such purpose with the intention to stop a specific moment of anxiety.

 

‘Little puzzles’ is a fictional company that provides personalised puzzles that easily integrate in the user’s routine making them very accessible in a moment of anxiety. Their discreet design also allows the user to interact with them in public without revealing its true purpose.

 

However, the product comes with a disclaimer, and obsessive behaviour could be developed if product is over used.

LITTLE PUZZLES WEBSITE

LITTLE PUZZLES PRODUCTS

Puzzle #1 - Identify your way

This puzzle's goal is to remember a known short route. The map that contains this route would be selected and converted into abstract shapes, disguising the map but leaving details (such us rivers, train tracks, main roads) recognizable for the user to be able to locate the two ends of the route. In this case, the puzzle would be located in a smartphone case having it accessible wherever the user goes.

Puzzle #2 - Shape, colour, and position

Disguised as fridge magnets, this puzzle is all about recognising shapes, colours and sequences. Two sequences would be chosen and the user has to follow them alternating each day.

Puzzle #3 - Numbers

Disguised as fridge magnets, this puzzle is all about recognising shapes, colours and sequences. Two sequences would be chosen and the user has to follow them alternating each day.

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