Melissa Tioleco-Cheng: Special Delivery

Special Delivery
Digital/hardcover, free

Melissa Tioleco-Cheng's (Graphic Design 2002) firm, rise-and-shine studio, designed and illustrated this book intended to help families who have lost a baby. The story describes different types of newborns, including babies who live for only a short time. The book is downloadable for free in a digital version, and hard copies are being distributed free of charge to families.

To date, 3,500 books have been given to families, support organizations, and hospitals all over the United States. (In the U.S. alone, 25,000 babies die each year.) The book doubles as a self-standing picture frame/keepsake. Families can slip a photo of their loved one into the picture frame on the back cover, transforming the book into a personal memorial.

The book is printed sustainably with soy inks, recycled stock, and renewable resources.

The studio won a Sappi Ideas that Matter grant to produce the book.

Read about the first book drop »