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Julie Kientz Research Group

Autumn 2014

Mobile App Design for Preschoolers

The group is currently full for Autumn 2014.

More iTunes apps are designed for toddlers and preschoolers than for any other age group, yet these apps routinely draw on interaction design paradigms created for adults. These UI decisions don’t always translate well, and we will be exploring new design solutions to make children’s games more developmentally appropriate.

Join us this fall to shift the way children’s games are created. We are looking for students to work on reviewing relevant design literature, brainstorming design solutions, creating both paper and high-fi mock ups, implementing tablet prototypes, and (most importantly!) testing apps with kids. If you are interested in designing for HCI’s youngest and most playful users, we’d love to hear from you. Send mail to and describing your interest in the group, your level in the program (e.g., BS, MS, PhD), relevant skills and experience, and the number of credits you are seeking. Space will be limited to approximately 5 students based on fit. We will confirm ability to register by September 1.
  • This DRG will be co-led by Professor Julie Kientz and PhD student Alexis Hiniker.
  • We meet weekly on Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (tentative).
  • You can register for 2-3 credits.

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