Design for Kids

In this fun, interactive session, you’ll learn the basics of designing for kids through hands-on activities, projects and collaborative activities. You will learn techniques for research and testing with kids as well as specific strategies for designing for kids of different ages. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply these strategies and techniques to adult audiences as well.

The session will include:

  • Examples of great (and not-so-great) kids’ digital experiences
  • How designing for kids is different from designing for adults
  • Privacy, safety, and security issues
  • Research and Design Techniques: Kids 2 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 to 12
  • What designing for kids can teach us about designing for adults

Working alone or in groups, participants will pick an age group and topic and will create a plan and some sketches for a kids’ app. Participants will share their ideas with the group.

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About Debra Gelman

Debra Gelman is a researcher, designer, and strategist in the field of interactive children’s media. She creates sites, apps, and virtual worlds for clients including PBS Kids Sprout, Scholastic, Crayola, Pepperidge Farm, Campbell’s Soup, and Georgia Public Television. Deb is the author of Design for Kids, published in 2014 by Rosenfeld Media. She currently leads the global UX team at EPAM. You can follow her on Twitter @dgelman

About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI.

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