Bonded Design: Designing Web Portals for Children in Intergenerational Teams

By Andrew Large and Jamshid Beheshti.

Published by The Design Collection

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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

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.165-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.347MB).

Dr. Andrew Large

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Students, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Andrew Large holds the CN-Pratt-Grinstad Chair in Information Studies at McGill University, and is the former Director of its School of Information Studies. Currently he is Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Education. His own research focuses upon human-computer interaction, information retrieval, and information behavior, especially in relation to children as information users. He is joint editor of the quarterly journal, Education for Information, and his most recent book was on digital libraries.

Dr. Jamshid Beheshti

Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jamshid Beheshti is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University, and former Associate Dean and Interim Dean in its Faculty of Education. His research interests are in human computer interaction, virtual reality and information behavior.


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