Designing for Children 101

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Introduction to designing for children

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Designing for Children 101

  1. 1. Designing for Children 101 Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  2. 2. What is effective design for kids? • It enchants • Stimulates their intellect • Makes them interact with something outside themselves • It communicates and respects their intellect Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  3. 3. Misconceptions • It doesn’t have to be kooky or colorful • Kids of all ages want to be older than they are • Don’t make assumptions based solely on own experience with own children, nieces or nephews, etc. • Must have substance • Not all about good will and fun. It’s hard work designing for children Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  4. 4. Things to consider • Motor and physical development • Social skills • Intellectual and Cognitive development Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  5. 5. “One of the key points is, children want to see what they’re getting – being able to click on something and getting an immediate reaction.” – Susan Mernit, editorial director of The Yuckiest Site Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  6. 6. Websites for Kids • The Yuckiest Site on the Internet • The Discovery Channel • Sesame Street Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  7. 7. Guidelines on Advertising & Kids • Better Business Bureau Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009
  8. 8. Rating Systems • Family Safety Online Institute Copyright Shelley-Ann J. West, 2009

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