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Designing Apps for Little Fingers Devoxx France 2014

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Young children can seem to “get” touch devices right away, but also get easily frustrated. Through a tour of apps currently on the market, we'll explore techniques to maximize their engagement and minimize their frustration, including using characters, audio and visual indicators, and inactivity timeouts. We'll also cover which gestures are the most and least intuitive for small fingers, how the way children hold tablets affects UI, and what content to include for parents.

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Designing Apps for Little Fingers Devoxx France 2014

  1. 1. So Easy a Child Could Do It
 Designing Apps for Little Fingers Kathryn Rotondo kathrynrotondo.com @krotondo Devoxx Paris, France April 17, 2014
  2. 2. tap? double tap? swipe? sound? animations?
  3. 3. Kids
  4. 4. Small
  5. 5. Big
  6. 6. Resting Hand Landscape Orientation Studio Proper Clumsy iPad Case
  7. 7. Gestures
  8. 8. Most Intuitive Gestures
  9. 9. Tap
  10. 10. Touch me! Shapes & Puzzles Large Hit Area
  11. 11. Draw
  12. 12. Write My Name Partial Completion
  13. 13. Swipe
  14. 14. Toca Band Swipe Area
  15. 15. Drag
  16. 16. Magic Stickers Visually Distinct
  17. 17. Least Intuitive Gestures
  18. 18. Double Tap
  19. 19. Pinch Zoom
  20. 20. Multi- Touch
  21. 21. Shake Tilt
  22. 22. Flick Fling
  23. 23. Flow
  24. 24. SuperWhy Greetings “Hello, Super You!”
  25. 25. Look over here! Bobo Explores Light Guides
  26. 26. copy me LEGO DUPLO Zoo Instructions
  27. 27. blinky The Three Little Pigs Timeouts
  28. 28. say it with a smile Casper Scare School Corrections
  29. 29. stickers Monkey Preschool Lunchbox Rewards
  30. 30. “ooh, aah!” Toca Kitchen Feedback
  31. 31. home & replay Toca Doctor End of Play
  32. 32. Text
  33. 33. pictorial menu Sprinkle Junior No Reading
  34. 34. standard symbols Pudding Monsters HD Button Icons
  35. 35. Zaner Bloser Peekaboo Trick or Treat Fonts
  36. 36. sync with audio Little Red Riding Hood Highlighting
  37. 37. Audio
  38. 38. “O-O-O-O-O” Endless Alphabet Sound Effects
  39. 39. ambiance Interactive Alphabet Background
  40. 40. instruction at end The Monster at the End of this Book… Starring Grover! Concise
  41. 41. turn page or wait? Sid the Science Kid Read & Play Interruptable
  42. 42. For Grown-Ups
  43. 43. Wee You Things Register/Login
  44. 44. Toca Builders Baby Gates randomized
  45. 45. Toca Builders Parent Tips How to Play Together
  46. 46. showing > text Interactive Alphabet Help
  47. 47. badge = trust Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program Be Transparent
  48. 48. Resources Sesame’s Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development ! Apple Developer Guidelines on Parental Gates ! Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program ! Developer Exchange Facebook Group ! Apps Playground App Reviews Gesture Illustrations by Tomodachi
  49. 49. Thanks! Kathryn Rotondo kathrynrotondo.com motherboardpodcast.com hello@kathrynrotondo.com @krotondo

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