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El Patito Feo

CompanyAtlantic University College
Lead DesignersVicente Gasco
Design TeamHeri Martinez de Dios, Andrea Martínez, Yamil Medina, Héctor Hoyo, Marilyn Adorno, Anibal Martínez
Project LocationGuaynabo, Puerto Rico
CreditsPhotographs by Joshua Montalvo
Prize(s)Gold in Education / Toys for pre-school learning
Entry Description

Designed to promote the inclusion of visually-impaired children in Education. El Patito Feo is a set of tangible and digital tools that allows to customize learning strategies in the classroom. After an in-depth research and development period, with the help of special-needs education experts, and later validated through testing, the set consists of an illustrated book, an audiobook, 3D printed tactile sculptures and a 3D printed braille book with tactile illustrations. All based on an original adaptation of the HC Andersen's Ugly Duckling story.


Atlantic University College is a non-profit educational institution located in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. It is the first and only institution of higher education in this charming city. A historical building houses part of the university, just next to the City Hall and in front of the church an area surrounded by Spanish influenced historical architecture.

The university emerges as a response to the need of a higher education institution in a community with a growing demand for Sciences and Digital Arts.