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So Easy a Child Could Do It: Designing Mobile Apps for Children

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Where do you start when designing children's game or app for mobile? Come learn the best practices for building engaging experiences that minimize frustration and maximize fun.

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So Easy a Child Could Do It: Designing Mobile Apps for Children

  1. 1. So Easy a Child Could Do It
 Designing Apps for Little Fingers Kathryn Rotondo kathrynrotondo.com @krotondo
  2. 2. Hi.
  3. 3. tap? double tap? swipe? undo? sound effects? animations?
  4. 4. Kids
  5. 5. Kids
  6. 6. w! gro !
  7. 7. Landscape Orientation Resting Hand Studio Proper Clumsy iPad Case
  8. 8. Most Intuitive Gestures
  9. 9. Tap
  10. 10. Draw
  11. 11. Swipe
  12. 12. Drag
  13. 13. Least Intuitive Gestures
  14. 14. Pinch Zoom
  15. 15. ke ha S ilt T
  16. 16. MultiTouch
  17. 17. Flick Fling
  18. 18. Double Tap
  19. 19. Flow
  20. 20. “Hello, Super You!” Superwhy Greetings
  21. 21. Look over here! Bobo Explores Light Guides
  22. 22. Touch me! Shapes & Puzzles Intuitive Goal
  23. 23. copy me LEGO DUPLO Zoo Instructions
  24. 24. Distinct from 
 Background Magic Stickers Interactivity
  25. 25. blinky The Three Little Pigs Timeouts
  26. 26. smile Casper Scare School Wrong Answers
  27. 27. stickers Monkey Preschool Lunchbox Payouts
  28. 28. “ooh, aah!” Toca Kitchen Feedback
  29. 29. go anywhere The Monster at the End of this Book… Starring Grover! Menu
  30. 30. normal & boss levels Spy Mouse HD Continuity
  31. 31. home & replay Toca Doctor End of Play
  32. 32. Interface
  33. 33. side-to-side LEGO App4+ Scrolling
  34. 34. swiping & button Bad Piggies HD Showing “More”
  35. 35. pictoral & standard Pudding Monsters HD Button Icons
  36. 36. Text
  37. 37. pictorial level menu Sprinkle Junior No Reading
  38. 38. sync with audio Little Red Riding Hood Highlighting
  39. 39. Zaner Bloser Peekaboo Trick or Treat Fonts
  40. 40. to the side Make It Pop Counters
  41. 41. Audio
  42. 42. instruction at end The Monster at the End of this Book… Starring Grover! Concise
  43. 43. turn page or wait? Sid the Science Kid Read & Play Interruptability
  44. 44. “O-O-O-O-O” Endless Alphabet Sound Effects
  45. 45. knock knock Peeakaboo Trick or Treat Activity Cues
  46. 46. ambiance Interactive Alphabet Background
  47. 47. For Grown-Ups
  48. 48. Toca Builders Baby Gates
  49. 49. Toca Builders Parent Tips
  50. 50. badge = trust Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program Be Transparent
  51. 51. showing > text Interactive Alphabet Help
  52. 52. Wee You Things Register/Login
  53. 53. Resources Sesame’s Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development ! Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program ! Developer Exchange Facebook Group ! Apps Playground App Reviews Gesture Illustrations by Tomodachi
  54. 54. Questions?
  55. 55. Thanks! Kathryn Rotondo kathrynrotondo.com motherboardpodcast.com hello@kathrynrotondo.com @krotondo

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