HCIL-2012-24

Walsh, G., Foss, E., Yip, J., Druin, A.
September 2012
HCIL-2012-24
In this paper, we present a framework that describes commonly used design techniques for Participatory Design with children. Although there are many currently used techniques for designing with children, researchers working in differing contexts and in a changing technological landscape find themselves facing difficult design situations. The Octoract framework presented in this paper can aid in choosing existing design techniques or in developing new techniques regardless of the stage in the design cycle, the technology being developed, or philosophical approach to design method. The framework consists of eight dimensions, concerning the design partners, the design goal, and the design technique. The partner dimensions are design experience of the participant and partner ability. The design goal dimensions are design space and maturity of design. The technique dimensions include: cost, mobility of technique, and technology level. Two cases will be presented which describe new techniques and two case of an existing technique.
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