Translating children's answers into design requirements: Opportunities and limitations

Workshop at the i3 Spring Days 2000 - Glyfada, Athens, Greece, March 1-3rd 2000



Children as co-designers provide us with valuable information for design. However, often there is a missing link between children's answers to design questions and actual design requirements. There are two basic ways to close the gap. One is to improve co-design methods so that children are enabled to provide the design team with directly usable information. The second way is to translate children's answers from whatever format (verbal, drawings, objects…) into the language of design. Both ways need to be explored and analysed.

The workshop aims at opening a discussion about

  1. The effects different methods have on the outcome of a co-design session
  2. Ways of translating children's answers into workable design requirements
  3. Children with special needs as co-designers

The workshop will centre on real-world design examples. We intent a dialogue between design teams, teachers, design methodologists and social scientists. The examples should help to create a common ground for discussion. KidsLab wants to give design teams opportunities to critical review their experience with children as co-designers. As a result we want to focus researchers attention on issues which are found to be urgent for qualitative improvement of child-centred design methods.

Participants might contribute a paper and/or an example of design work they wish to discuss according to points a-c.


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Last modification due to Dec. 13. 1999