Modern understanding of literacy expands beyond reading, writing and numeracy skills; it also includes individual, social and political acts where personal values and expressions are explored and transformed. There needs to be a challenge to public perceptions regarding unequal literacy skills as less of a failing of individuals and more of a need for supports which cater to varying levels of literacy and voluntary reading habits.
Forte is a digital platform which aims to deliver an alternative reading experience, connecting people to the world of literature through a variety of formats including motion graphics, audio and music. As a prototype, this reading and listening experience showcases the benefits of interactivity, giving complete control to audiences both over their reading journey as well as the ability to track and build their own reading habits. Being prototyped for both desktop and iPad, this digital reading experience encourages a more immersive engagement through its rich visuals and alternative text layouts. These differing approaches to texts allow for flexibility and accessibility across different levels of literacy and aim to inspire a sense of exploration. At its core, the objective of Forte is to help build stronger reading habits by cultivating a passion for words.