Dickerson + DurrellHow to Designfor Children
Being in love was like China: youknew it was there, and no doubt itwas very interesting, and somepeople went there, but I ...
WHERE WERECOMING FROM
Megan Dickerson
Ben DurrellAble Object
SPACEMEMORY
DESIGNINGFOR CHILDREN
"The adult public transcript is to makechildren progress, the adult privatetranscript is to deny their sexual andaggressiv...
SUCCESSFUL PLAY SPACES:• are ‘bespoke’• well located• make use of natural elements• provide a wide range of play experienc...
Kit Fence Carpet
EXPERIENCES THAT FEEL SUCCESSFULFOR BOTH CHILD AND DESIGNER ARE:1. WABI-SABI2. SECRET3. (HARD) FUN4. PLAY WITH SCALE5. REAL
1. WABI-SABI
2. SECRET
3. (HARD) FUN
4. SCALE
5. REAL
HOW TO BE ADOUBLE AGENT
"When I became a man I put awaychildish things, including the fear ofchildishness and the desire to bevery grown up." - CS...
“We can and should build a bridgeof sorts, and that this bridge neednot lead inexorably to the land ofchildren being colon...
CHOOSE A PRODUCT.1. Kids sneakers2. A chain of family-friendly restaurants3. A targeted PSA4. A redesign of the Trapper Ke...
CONSULT YOUR PLAYMAPS.USE YOUR PLAYMAP TO TEASEOUT NARRATIVE FOR YOURPRODUCT.
“It takes long practice, yes. You haveto work. Did you think you couldsnap your fingers, and have it as agift? What is wor...
ALL IMAGES ARE BY DICKERSON ORDURRELL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF:Captain Underpants & Mr. Krupp (Dav Pilkey, www.fanpop.com)Cap...
BEN DURRELLinfo@bendurrell.comwww.bendurrell.comMEGAN DICKERSONmegan@takeplayseriously.orgwww.takeplayseriously.org
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
How to design for children  planningness 2013
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  1. 1. Dickerson + DurrellHow to Designfor Children
  2. 2. Being in love was like China: youknew it was there, and no doubt itwas very interesting, and somepeople went there, but I neverwould... and then someone passedme a bit of some sweet stuff, andsuddenly I realized that I had beento China. So to speak. And Idforgotten it.- Dr Malone in The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  3. 3. WHERE WERECOMING FROM
  4. 4. Megan Dickerson
  5. 5. Ben DurrellAble Object
  6. 6. SPACEMEMORY
  7. 7. DESIGNINGFOR CHILDREN
  8. 8. "The adult public transcript is to makechildren progress, the adult privatetranscript is to deny their sexual andaggressive impulses;the child public transcript is to be successfulas family members and schoolchildren, andtheir private or hidden transcript is theirplay life, in which they can express boththeir special identity and their resentmentsat being a captive population."Brian Sutton-Smith, The Ambiguity of Play
  9. 9. SUCCESSFUL PLAY SPACES:• are ‘bespoke’• well located• make use of natural elements• provide a wide range of play experiences• are accessible to both disabled and non-disabled childrenmeet community needs• allow children of different ages to play together• build in opportunities to experience risk and challenge aresustainable and appropriately maintained• allow for change and evolutionFrom Public Space Lessons: Designing for Play (Shackell et al, 2008: 13)
  10. 10. Kit Fence Carpet
  11. 11. EXPERIENCES THAT FEEL SUCCESSFULFOR BOTH CHILD AND DESIGNER ARE:1. WABI-SABI2. SECRET3. (HARD) FUN4. PLAY WITH SCALE5. REAL
  12. 12. 1. WABI-SABI
  13. 13. 2. SECRET
  14. 14. 3. (HARD) FUN
  15. 15. 4. SCALE
  16. 16. 5. REAL
  17. 17. HOW TO BE ADOUBLE AGENT
  18. 18. "When I became a man I put awaychildish things, including the fear ofchildishness and the desire to bevery grown up." - CS Lewis
  19. 19. “We can and should build a bridgeof sorts, and that this bridge neednot lead inexorably to the land ofchildren being colonised byinvaders from the land ofadulthood (even if this remains adanger).”- Chris Philo
  20. 20. CHOOSE A PRODUCT.1. Kids sneakers2. A chain of family-friendly restaurants3. A targeted PSA4. A redesign of the Trapper Keeper5. Interior of a minivan/station wagon
  21. 21. CONSULT YOUR PLAYMAPS.USE YOUR PLAYMAP TO TEASEOUT NARRATIVE FOR YOURPRODUCT.
  22. 22. “It takes long practice, yes. You haveto work. Did you think you couldsnap your fingers, and have it as agift? What is worth having is worthworking for.”- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  23. 23. ALL IMAGES ARE BY DICKERSON ORDURRELL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF:Captain Underpants & Mr. Krupp (Dav Pilkey, www.fanpop.com)Captain Underpants costume (www.coolesthomemadecostumes.com)Imagination Playground (www.stayathomedaddyfor2)Kids getting muddy (www.loveoutdoorplay.net)Dens (www.rethinkingchildhood.org)wabi-sabi tattoo (Jack Cheng, www.tattly.com)wabi-sabi tea bowl (found at www.glazedoverpottery.tumblr.com)Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenshot
  24. 24. BEN DURRELLinfo@bendurrell.comwww.bendurrell.comMEGAN DICKERSONmegan@takeplayseriously.orgwww.takeplayseriously.org
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