WARANGAL POCSO
& FAMILY COURT

2021

Empathetic Signage Systems for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) & Family Court Complex

What we did:

  • Wayfinding and Signage System

BRIEF

Telangana has reported the high levels of domestic violence in India.

The redesigning of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) & Family Court Complex​ in Telangana, India, aimed to make a place of high distress and intimidation, a calmer and friendlier experience. 

 

The court addresses family disputes as well as child abuse cases. The cases go on for months and families have to often spend days at the facility. LOCAL was brought on to create a signage system that would guide, comfort and uplift its users though one of the most trying times of their lives. 

SOLUTION

LOCAL deep dove into the region’s traditional storytelling tools and found that the Cheriyal dolls and paintings had been used for centuries to tell moral stories and anecdotes. Their forms and colours appealed both to children and adults and would cheer up the space while not diminishing its seriousness. 

THE EFFECT

The exercise has garnered a lot of positive feedback from the Indian public and judicial community and has become an example template for family courts across the country. 

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Is it possible to create empathy through storytelling and design in a family's darkest moments?

The court addresses family disputes as well as child abuse cases. The cases go on for months and families often spend full days at the facility. We created a signage system that would guide, comfort and uplift its users though one of the most trying times of their lives. 

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Cheriyal dolls and paintings have been used for years in Telangana as a storytelling aid.

 

Keeping this in mind, the signages act as a graphic storytelling device where the characters inspired by the Cheriyal art form guide you through the court complex.

Nana (father) Amma (mother) and Chinni (daughter), the traditional family unit, would be your companions  that guide you and make you feel at home in an otherwise hostile setting.

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A familiar visual language

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A 2D and 3D storytelling system

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Telugu 
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bilingual and colour coded system to create a truly inclusive and easily navigable space.

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A modular adaptable system that worked for present and future signage needs for POCSO courts across the region

"Team LOCAL did an amazing job right from understanding to conceptualizing. Very professional regarding the design and

artwork handling. We look forward to

working with them going forward as well. "

Vishala Reddy, IdentCity