Educational design is no mean feat, the boundary between accessible, engaging and incredibly cheesy being a difficult one to tread, and I’ve never seen it achieved with the aplomb that Multistorey have managed in Discovering Architecture, the publication they designed as part of the V&A museum’s back-pack guides.
Intended for kids aged seven and over, the book combines interactive elements including puzzles, games, and drawing exercises with a number of nice additions, like adding a fold-out page for a building that’s “too big to fit,” and a selection of “architect’s tools," in the set square and protractor built into the cover. It’s charming and earnest, incorporating relevant nuggets of information and overcoming all the teeth-grindingly cute clichés of educational design that I remember my schoolbooks falling into, heartwarming speech bubbles and overuse of exclamation marks included.
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