Graphic designer Viktoria Buzukina is a 2013 graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her final project Stafasmjátt is a multicultural children’s book with the Icelandic alphabet for children aged 2 to 5. It serves as the first introduction to the letters, helps to learn new words and gives a short overview about the food culture.


The book features themed spreads with different foods offered. The Icelandic cod and pancakes are paired with international influences such as chopsticks and noodles.

 

Over the past few decades, Iceland has rapidly developed into a multicultural society. But regardless of nationalities we are a family, which gathers to eat, play and talk. The book celebrates these precious moments.

Stafasmjatt includes the letters C, Q, W and Z, even if they are not part of the Icelandic alphabet. Illustrated using food, they blend with the illustration.
These letters are included for children who have them in their names, but cannot find them in the new Icelandic alphabet.


According to the designer,

The idea for the graduation project was born when I could not find an Icelandic alphabet book for my son. Children in Iceland are introduced to letters later than in Ukraine, my home country, and books currently available aren’t aimed at toddlers.
So … I decided to design one myself.

 
The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Student Show 2013.

Take a look at the process of making of the book, more photos and illustrations  at www.facebook.com/Stafasmjatt.

All images by Viktoria Buzukina

 

 

This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.