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Design for Kids

Digital Products for Playing and Learning 

Published: July 15, 2014 Paperback: 248 pages, ISBN 1-933820-30-6 Digital: ISBN 1-933820-43-8

by Debra Levin Gelman

Design for Kids

Designing new tech for kids is an important, complex, messy mission that Debra Gelman explains with candor and brilliance. Her consideration of who children are and how we must design for and with them is a must read. More people need to understand that excellent technologies for children are not just born, but hard work, real time, and careful planning need to happen. It is all spelled out so well in this book."

—Dr. Allison Druin, Chief Futurist, University of Maryland Division of Research, Co-Director Future of Information Alliance

Emotion. Ego. Impatience. Stubbornness. Characteristics like these make creating sites and apps for kids a daunting proposition. However, with a bit of knowledge, you can design experiences that help children think, play, and learn. With Design for Kids, you'll learn how to create digital products for today's connected generation.

“Design for Kids” Blog

Design for Kids – The Countdown is On!

I’m thrilled to be able to share that after three years, 25,476 skim lattes, 8 million edits, two jobs, one new house, and zero casualties, Design for Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning is finally finished! An enormous thank-you to all of you who have supported, encouraged, educated and inspired me during this time. The book …

Designing for 8-10 Year Olds: Provide Instruction After Failure

“Failure” is probably not the right word to use here, but it’s how kids will see their initial attempts to master an interface. Since, unlike our 6-8 year olds, our 8-10s don’t look for instructions before beginning, it’s likely they’ll not get it right the first time. While a 6-year-old probably won’t try something without …

Poopyhead Is A Perfectly Acceptable User Name

Kids learn, at around age 8, that sometimes adults are wrong and don’t have all the answers. Instead of tacitly acknowledging this and moving on, kids tend to exploit this by pushing back. They taunt the adults in their lives with curse words they learned in the playground, they scare younger siblings with dead bugs, …

On Winning and Losing

At around age 4, kids start to understand what it means to “win” something. They get quite upset, then, at the prospect of losing, since in Western societies, we start teaching them early on that winning = good and losing = bad. In the late 1980s, parents and educators decided it would be a good …

DRAFT Chapter 3 – Designing for Kids 2-4

Dear Readers, Want a sneak preview of Design for Kids for Christmukkah? Want to get the inside scoop on designing for the under-5 set? Want to start putting some of these ideas into practice in 2012? You’re in luck! Here’s a draft of chapter 3, which focuses on designing for 2-4 year olds. But there’s …