Doctoraatsonderzoek Maarten Van Mechelen: CO-DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY WITH CHILDREN IN THE FUZZY FRONT END OF DESIGN

Within the area of Child Computer Interaction (CCI) children have participated in the design of technology for over two decades using a variety of established methods. Generative techniques such as ‘co-design’ are often used in Participatory Design with children, but some problems remain unresolved when involving children as design partners:

  • Firstly, we need a structured way to address challenging ‘intra-group dynamics’ when co-designing technology with children, since these dynamics clearly impact both process and outcomes.
  • Secondly, we need an approach to move beyond ‘naïve empiricism’ and the tendency to analyze co-design outcomes solely in ‘computing terms’, that is, on a functional or attribute level.

In his PhD research, that combines a ‘research through design’ and ‘case study research’ approach, Maarten will tackle both problems. Based on insights from multiple co-design studies and literature, he will develop a method and accompanying toolkit for co-designing technology with children in the early, fuzzy front end of design.

Project informatie

Projectpromotor:
prof. dr. Bert Willems (UHasselt en PXL)
Status:
Afgelopen project
IWETO code:
  • H 315 Esthetica
Startdatum – einddatum:
2008 - 2014
Budget:
Omkadering 2013
Projectcode:
5/DWO/2007/11/B011
VTE:
1 VTE