Pogonophobia Children's Book

Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. The objective behind this student project was to create a zine about any phobia of our choosing. Pogonophobia struck me as an interesting phobia in which I did not know existed prior to this project. The purpose of the zine is to help children overcome their fear of beards by making their experience interactive, colorful and friendly.

Each spread is hand drawn and uses bright, engaging colors. To encourage a positive interactive experience, children have the ability to stick silly objects to an illustrated man's velcro beard. As a fun take-away, a wearable beard is attached to the back so readers can experience that beards are not scary, but silly. Through the use of colorful, inviting, and interactive pages, the child would see that beards are not terrifying, but rather amusing and funny. 

This project was awarded Best InShow Student Award at the AIGA InShow in West Columbia, SC on November 2011. 

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