Hanks Tri is a picture book that was created in response to research with adults who have dyslexia. The illustrations were designed to reflect there experiences, and the impact dyslexia has had on them.
The research was carried out through Dyslexia Scotland.
The concept of the book is the triathlon represents the three different areas of the brain that information has to travel in order for someone with dyslexia to process it. These are proven to be different parts of the brain than that of non dyslexic person.
A participant during the research stated “changing conversation is like having to transition all the time, it takes time and energy.”
The triathlon goes over the area of the brain and each section of the triathlon presents a new challenge, each based on participants experiences.
Each illustration is created of 2d parts constructed to make 3d sets, photographed and digitally coloured.
Hank has twine for his beard to represent the tangled thought process that can be experienced by someone with dyslexia.