A customisable storytelling site to explain disease to children.
A story "Your Way"
For young children who have a parent with cancer
The Novacarta association is a non-profit association, created in 2013 in Geneva, which produces educational materials for children. More particularly, Novacarta takes care of making complicated or even painful topics (diseases, scientific issues, social issues) accessible to young people.
The concept of Novacarta is based on Digitial Interactive Storytelling and the creation of adaptable books to teach children about disease. With its first 2 books, the association tackles the theme of cancer. The books are customisable: the goal is to choose between multiple settings to make the story coincide with the real life of the affected family.
The entire Inovae team loved working on this project, because of the depth of engagement as well as the concrete and educational aspect of the solution offered to help families. The agency developed the sites dedicated to the two stories: Lia and the peas et Benjy and the monster with the thousand billion heads.
A very high level of personalisation to allow young readers to identify themselves
The main objective of the project was to develop a solution that would make it as easy as possible to choose among the different options. The information, sometimes technical and emotional that these books offer, are thus less parasitised by discrepancies with the reality experienced by the child.
For example, for the story of Lia, it is possible to choose between 90 specific versions which represent a multitude of different realities. It is even possible to choose the graphic style of the book. At the start of the customisation, the user must choose between 3 types of illustrations made by 3 different and well-known designers: Adrienne Barman, Tom Tirabosco and Johan Walder, in order to make it even more customisable.
Another challenge was to create a solution that could be reused for multiple books.
Solutions and technologies
A step-by-step process that allows you to preview the final book
The solution was developed with Drupal 7 and the Drupal Commerce module.
Several features have been developed:
- Multilingual - books are available in several languages (French, English, German and Italian)
- Generating the PDF preview of the book
- Generation of the file sent directly to the printer
- Code management for orders placed through channel partners