Abstract

User-centred design practices in the design of products for children’s use has become common, especially in the field of technology design. Although young users are now considered as essential and reliable actors to inform the design space, design research with children still remains focused on the design process itself, and children’s role in it. In an attempt to steer away the discussion from how children are included in design to how they are represented in design, our paper focuses on understanding and communicating plurality of the experience among young users to inform and expand the early design phase. For this purpose, we present an overview of the child-centred design practices, discuss how designers of children’s products may benefit from an experiential approach for a holistic understanding of the user space; and finally, we present our study on children’s photography to illustrate how a commitment to understanding children’s perspectives can contribute to eliciting, and representing user diversity through personas to guide the design of meaningful products for young users.

Keywords:

child-centred design, children’s photography, user experience, persona

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Seeking for Diversity among Young Users: the case of children's photography

User-centred design practices in the design of products for children’s use has become common, especially in the field of technology design. Although young users are now considered as essential and reliable actors to inform the design space, design research with children still remains focused on the design process itself, and children’s role in it. In an attempt to steer away the discussion from how children are included in design to how they are represented in design, our paper focuses on understanding and communicating plurality of the experience among young users to inform and expand the early design phase. For this purpose, we present an overview of the child-centred design practices, discuss how designers of children’s products may benefit from an experiential approach for a holistic understanding of the user space; and finally, we present our study on children’s photography to illustrate how a commitment to understanding children’s perspectives can contribute to eliciting, and representing user diversity through personas to guide the design of meaningful products for young users.

 

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