The Sound of the Forest

The Sound of the Forest



The Sound of the Forest is a children's book and audio experience that encourages young children to listen to the natural sounds of their environment and learn about where things come from.

In May of 2016, Ben Gaydos and Julia Yezbick were invited by the organization Designers & Forests to East Iceland, a vastly deforested region of the country, to utilize goodgood's design methodology in a community-focused resource development project. After 100 years of preservation, of the regions few forests had trees mature enough to harvest. Our goal was to better understand the region and it’s resources, allowing for the formulation of possible directions for design solutions / products to arise from the diverse forest materials. We introduced methods to Icelandic, European and American workshop participants which encouraged solutions to arise from their interactions and experiences with community members. We worked with and learned from local artists / artisans, woodworkers, preservationists, millers, and park rangers. The exhibition of our forest product prototypes was covered by Icelandic National Television (RUV).

Researched & produced in & around Egilsstaðir, Austurland, Iceland for Designers & Forests / Stefnumót við Skógarsamfélag / Gathering Forest and Community May 2016

Many thanks to Jason Dilworth, Megan Urban, Lára Vilbergsdóttir, Darryl Baird, Iris Lind Sævarsdóttir, Dagrún Drótt Valgarðsdóttir, Steinþor, Katelyn Killoran, Joelle Beaulieu, Katie Dugos, Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir, Johanna Seelemann, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Védís Pálsdóttir and Emilía Sigurðardóttir.

With support from the University of Michigan - Flint and MAKE By Þorpið

Location: Egilsstaðir, Austurland, Iceland

Partner: Designers & Forests

Design Team: Benjamin Gaydos: Prinicple, Designer + Facilitator / Julia Yezbick: Anthropologist + Facilitator