collaborative team develops glifo writing tools for disabled children
collaborative team develops glifo writing tools for disabled children collaborative team develops glifo writing tools for disabled children
mar 27, 2016

collaborative team develops glifo writing tools for disabled children

collaborative team develops glifo writing tools for disabled children
all images courtesy of sara monacchi




using easily-accessible 3D printing technologies, a multi-person design team has created ‘glifo’, a series of customizable writing utensils that aid children with nervous system related impairments. the project was born in collaboration with TOG (together to go), a milan-based organization that aids and rehabilitates young ones with cognitive, motor, or other disabilities and open dot/ fablab makerspace.

drawing with ‘glifo’




due to disabilities with the nervous system, affected children often have trouble with the minute movements necessary for writing or drawing. this is exacerbated by the natural inclination of hands — in some instances — to be postured less than ideally for such tasks.

‘gee’ handle




the ‘glifo’ series of tools are optimized to suit kids’ special needs. a set of handles: gee, lee, and eff, as well as the oow tablet — for quickly and easily securing paper to the table — compose the collection. each is made of several parts, all of which can be customized based on the age, personal needs and preferences of its user. ‘glifo’ was designed by elisa castelletta, giovanni dipilato, sara monacchi, andrea pelino, and luca toscano in collaboration with TOG and open dot milano.


video courtesy of sara monacchi, made by andrea pelino

glifo writing tools disabled children TOG
‘lee’ handle

‘eff’ handle

3D printed holders

glifo writing tools disabled children TOG
color variations

‘glifo’ aided drawing

paper holder to keep pages from shifting

carry handle

glifo writing tools disabled children TOG



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • How do you get one of these, we need one for my daughter, this would be perfect!!!!

    Tara says:
  • You can leave us an email and we will contact you!

    Sara says:

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