IC Representing at PhillyCHI on UX Research with Children

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I like to go to the annual Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference whenever I can and have been meaning to become a bigger part of my local chapter, PhillyCHI, for a while now. So I was particularly motivated when the call for participation came out about a month ago for submissions to PhillyCHI’s UX Show & Tell. I was thrilled when I found out that my submission was in the top 3.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 6-9pm I’ll be presenting my work doing UX research with kids at the UX Show & Tell event, which will be held at Think Brownstone’s Philadelphia offices (201 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428). I’ll talk about the low-fidelity prototyping methods that I used to facilitate co-design sessions with kids and college students in intergenerational teams.

Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ll be presenting from my initial submission:

Koepfler philly chi_submission_uxshowandtell from Jes Koepfler

This research was done in support of the National Science Foundation funded project called iSaveSpecies led by a team of academics from Miami University. The project team and I learned a lot from those design sessions about how kids think about the topic of environmental conservation and what they think would be fun ways to engage in conservation action online. On Wednesday night, I’ll share examples of the kids’ designs and the big ideas that we took away from the exercise, which can be summarized into three major themes:

  • Tangible counterparts: There is no ‘online’ and ‘offline’ for kids. They expect to be able to create physical representations of their digitally-created projects.
  • Mobile affordances: Kids instinctively design for interactions like gliding and shaking, which are key affordances of mobile devices.
  • Hybrid worlds: Kids like to blend reality and fiction. They’d rather learn from a genie, robot, or zombie than an animated zoo ranger.

Registration for the event is free, though space is limited. I hope to see you there!

About PhillyCHI (from their website):
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at here or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

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Jes Koepfler

Managing Director

Jes has a love for studying humans and their tools. More