Design for Children

For my thesis I want to design products for children. I understand that there are so many products already existing in the market now, however, if you consider that more than 20 percent of the world population are under 14 years old, there are not that many. Also, most of the existing products are made without design thinking or real research. 

When you start a new hobby, how you adjust your habits will have a tremendous affect on your future activities.  For example, how a beginner golfer learns their technique will affect the rest of one's golf life. Therefore, it is best to design for children early. I am very honored to design for them.    

This week I did ideation in this early stage of my thesis. I categorized my ideas into 5 different directions. 

1. Support needs of working parents. 2. Raise your kids to be successful. 3. Educate children to have a practical mentality. 4. Utilize technology to foster imagination.  5. Break boundary between adults and kids.

1. Support needs of working parents.
2. Raise your kids to be successful.
3. Educate children to have a practical mentality.
4. Utilize technology to foster imagination. 
5. Break boundary between adults and kids.

 

Donation Box

When I started researching about children I found overloaded articles, books, and blogs about how to make children successful. The content of those articles are all similar. The problem is that those articles don’t give specific instructions. I want to design products for parents to use in order to achieve the goal of making a kid successful. (Article) One of the keys to make kids successful is to give them chores. This donation box encourages kids to have responsibility for their chores. It invites children to be part of the donation process. When parents are donating, kids also need to finish their chores to complete the donation.

When I started researching about children I found overloaded articles, books, and blogs about how to make children successful. The content of those articles are all similar. The problem is that those articles don’t give specific instructions. I want to design products for parents to use in order to achieve the goal of making a kid successful. (Article)

One of the keys to make kids successful is to give them chores. This donation box encourages kids to have responsibility for their chores. It invites children to be part of the donation process. When parents are donating, kids also need to finish their chores to complete the donation.

Self Sticker Board

Another key to raise kids to be successful is to help them build a strong self-esteem. This topic is so popular in parents' blogs. Parents want their children to have a strong self-esteem and self-affection. 

Using a token reward system, a commonly used method to incentivize children, I made a sticker board. When I was young I behaved well to get stickers. I felt proud when I collected those stickers. This method is encouraging kids to do things to get a prize. Also, I think about how those kids who did not get enough stickers would feel. It will disrupt kids ability to build self-esteem.

Using a token reward system, a commonly used method to incentivize children, I made a sticker board. When I was young I behaved well to get stickers. I felt proud when I collected those stickers. This method is encouraging kids to do things to get a prize. Also, I think about how those kids who did not get enough stickers would feel. It will disrupt kids ability to build self-esteem.

Instead of this old fashion sticker board, I designed a new sticker board. It shaped like a kid itself and a kid can put as many stickers on the board as they want. While kids are giving stickers to themselves, they will build self-affection and self-esteem.

Instead of this old fashion sticker board, I designed a new sticker board. It shaped like a kid itself and a kid can put as many stickers on the board as they want. While kids are giving stickers to themselves, they will build self-affection and self-esteem.

 

Family Meeting Counseling in the Car. 

Bruce Feiler talks about parenting on TED. (View his lecture)

He says "It turns out there's only 10 minutes of productive time in any family meal. The rest of it's taken up with "take your elbows off the table" and "pass the ketchup." You can take that 10 minutes and move it to any part of the day and have the same benefit." 

His talk inspired me to design an app or counseling service for families to have a short and productive family meeting in the car as parents are taking children to schools. 

His talk inspired me to design an app or counseling service for families to have a short and productive family meeting in the car as parents are taking children to schools. 

 

Practical Biography  

I was surrounded by stories of historical heroes as I grew up. We listen to their legacies, how they changed the world with their passions like Steve Jobs. I thought I have to live like those heroes. I realized most of people work to have money and be happy. It made me feel l am not a good person once my goal became small like having a garden. It took a lot of time to make me understand that it is okay to be happy with not being a hero. I think schools need to teach children how to make practical plans for their lives.

This Biography introduces a story of a mainstream person who enjoy small things in his life but has something to learn.  

Window Traveling

Everyone has a memory of playing as a kid. Children play with a full imagination because they are young and pure. Now impossible things are possible with technology. I want to challenge to maximize children's imagination by using technology, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, sensors and reactive devices.

This window is designed with augmented glass. Children can see a different world through the window. They can travel to different cities, countries and planets. 

This window is designed with augmented glass. Children can see a different world through the window. They can travel to different cities, countries and planets. 

Applying augmented glass has a huge potential to be used for educational purposes. For example, the United Nations made a virtual reality experience of a refugee camp in Syria to generate greater empathy and new perspectives on people living in vulnerable conditions. Now children have easy access to learn the world.  (View more information)

Applying augmented glass has a huge potential to be used for educational purposes. For example, the United Nations made a virtual reality experience of a refugee camp in Syria to generate greater empathy and new perspectives on people living in vulnerable conditions. Now children have easy access to learn the world.  (View more information)

 

 

Some feedback I received from the class include:
1. Potential path: Encourage children to use smart phones. Change perception that smart phones are bad for children by using good design.
2. Think about other relationships between stakeholders around children (Example, parents to parent, children to educators)
3. Research unique education systems and parenting styles
4. Children make rules instead of commanding.