by Eli Clein

The school-to-prison pipeline is aided by a lack of empathy in current school discipline systems. Suspension removes students from the place they are meant to learn, leading to increased disciplinary problems later on. Restorative Justice aims to improve the cycle. However, this method relies heavily on students’ verbal and communication abilities, potentially inhibiting effective problem-solving. Token is a tactile facilitation tool for collaborative problem- solving between authority figures and students. This system fosters a change in students’ behavior and implements empathy into the institutional discipline system through three steps: identifying the situation and people involved, perspective-taking using emojis, and goal setting. The tactility of the toolkit enables distributed cognition, simplifying the communication process, and allowing for increased problem-solving. The goal of these restorative conversations is to build a growth mindset within students, encouraging students to take control of their future and reduce disciplinary incidents.


Gold in Digital Tools and Utilities 2020, Non-Pro

Silver in UX, Interface & Navigation 2020, Non-Pro

Bronze in Interactive Design 2020, Non-Pro

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Design Director

Eli Clein

Company/University or Design School

Savannah College of Art and Design


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Savannah College of Art and Design

Design Team

Eli Clein - Project Manager, UX Engineer; Maria Ruiz - Interaction Designer; Esther Holliday - UX Researcher; Connelly Morris - UX Researcher; Seun...

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Entrant Companies

Savannah College of Art and Design, US


Savannah College of Art and Design, US

Individual Credits

Project Manager, UX Engineer: Eli Clein, Savannah College of Art and Design
Interaction Designer: Maria Ruiz, Savannah College of Art and Design
UX Researcher: Esther Holliday, Savannah College of Art and Design