MESS Days: Working with Children to Design and Deliver Worthwhile Mobile Experiences

A child's design

Designing with children adds a new dimension to user experience design and usability testing. Our understanding in how children can best contribute is still developing. [Read More]

Designing for Children: Supporting Positive Youth Development through Social Media

Positive Technological Development aims to assist children in bettering their world through improving their technological literacy. [Read More]

Testing by Minors: Risk Prevention for UX Pros

When conducting testing with children, full disclosure and reasonable procedures are your best defense against potential legal complications. [Read More]

You Need an Outlet and a Browser: How Children Understand and Use the Internet

Children are not the most effective Web users and more research is needed to explore children’s mental models related to Internet use. [Read More]

Looking Closely at e-Learning: Vision Research Reveals Ways to Improve Children’s Experiences

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Research on the effects of children’s long-term computer use is extremely limited; there remain key research questions that need to be answered. [Read More]

The Story Behind the One Laptop per Child PC: An Inteview with Yves Béhar

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Yves Béhar is the designer behind the One Laptop per Child Personal Computer (OLPC). He is interviewed by User Experience guest editor Cynthia Kamishlian. [Read More]

 for Children
 with ADHD: The Search for Guidelines for Non-Experts

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Expert designers sensitive to established usability guidelines should be capable of designing software that is suitable for both ADHD and non-ADHD children. [Read More]

Kidsteam: Co-designing Children’s Technologies with Children

child's design

Adults and children work together as part of Kidsteam to design new technologies for children using a low-tech prototyping experience. [Read More]

Keep It Simple. 
At First: Designing Game-Based
 Tools for Youth

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Research with adolescent World of Warcraft players indicated design strategies that will help make Massive Multiplayer Online Game more accessible for individuals of all ages. [Read More]

Designing Technologies for Marginalized Children

Information and communication technologies provide great opportunities and challenges for marginalized children both in developed and developing regions. [Read More]

The New Reality – Coming Soon

The increasing use of handheld devices with cameras, GPS, wireless Internet, and relatively large digital viewing screens has made Augmented Reality technology available to the general public en masse. [Read More]

UX Storytelling (Book Review)

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A review of Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks and UX Storytellers: Connecting the Dots Edited by Jan Jursa, Stephen Köver, & Jutta Grünewald. A [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Combining Children, Technology, and Usability


This issue addresses our understanding and insights into how children interact with technology and how usability professionals can include children in the design process. [Read More]

Rubes Cartoon: Family Trip to Nirvana

Cartoons from the wild and twisted world of Leigh Rubin, syndicated cartoonist. [Read More]