This paper presents a methodology that has evolved from the researchers’ work with children and which is called “Bonded Design”. Adult designers and children collaborate in an intergenerational team to design low-tech prototypes. These prototypes were then converted by the researchers into working portals on the Web and positively evaluated in experimental and operational conditions by children. Bonded Design employs a variety of techniques – user needs’ assessment, evaluation of existing technologies, discussion, brainstorming, prototyping and consensus building – to achieve its objective. The team meets for sessions of around one hour with each session devoted to a specific topic. It has been used with teams of children aged 11-12 years and 8- 9 years to design web portals intended for young users, and this has been accomplished in about 12 sessions. Bonded Design currently is being used in the design of information visualizations of hierarchical subject taxonomies for use by children. The paper argues that effective designing for children must incorporate children themselves actively within the design process. They provide the design team with children’s insights into information technology conceptualization and realization.
|Keywords:||Bonded Design, Children, Interfaces, Web Portals|
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Students, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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