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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