Satèl·lit. Educate society in diversity

Satèl·lit, is the senior degree project made by Meritxell Carles, a graphic design student at Esdi University School of design in Sabadell a city located 30km from Barcelona.

The goal of Satèl·lit, Satellite in English, is to disseminate information and awareness in the society about those people who suffers functional diversity.


The term functional diversity refers those people who may experience some biological or psychic problems during their involvement in vital situations, but at the same time, they overcome it using a different functioning system. This term replaces words such as “disability” (dis-) that grammatically speaking already designate a discriminatory attribute towards a collective.

The name Satellite it means something that appears separately, smaller, external, outside of a particular context.

This project embodies a graphic identity and a collection of publications for each of the functional diversities, which Meritxell identifies for Satèl·lit. Dyslexia, autism, Down syndrome and hyperactivity.

All four publications are designed following different graphic resources in order to personalize each brochure and reflect the heterogeneity on the society and in every functional diversity. Despite this diversity, there are also some guidelines that identify the project under the same identity image.

The designer takes a deeper step on the publication related to autism. To transmit this functional diversity she uses different graphic and compositional resources in order to appeal the reader and also establish a closer relationship between the public and the collective, in this case, those people with autism.

The information is hierarchical and structured within the double page, there is a special attention by the designer on the relation between black spaces and the text. This structure symbolizes the routines that many autism people adopt in their daily life.

Illustrations and images are used as a system to keep the attention of autism people, due to their high visual retentive capacity.

These are some examples of how the publication has been constructed and how each graphic decision has been strictly related to autism and the way they perceive the world.

To sum up, Satèl·lit approaches in a particular and individualized way each of the functional diversities that Meritxell exposes in her project, in order to make the reader understand that those people are inscribed within the same plural society and not as an isolated collective.