Co-designing with children

Embodied Narratives is a co-design technique to create engaging social games with and for children through physical manipulation of ‘ready-made’ objects and improvisational performance.

Embodied Narratives is a co-design technique for social games that explores children’s potential interactions with and around social technology through co-creative cycles of physical manipulation and improvisational performance.

Increasingly, children are involved as peers in the design of technologies of which they will be final users. However, the spreading of social and distributed technology is creating new challenges for their engagement in the design process. These challenges, we believe, entail a shift in co-design from an emphasis on children’s affinity for technology to children’s entanglements with technology.

How many of you remember Tom Hanks in the 1988 movie Big? In the movie, Tom Hanks plays a young boy who is aged to adulthood overnight. Hired at a toy company, his childlike enthusiasm earns him a dream job: testing toys all day long. However, it is not his affinity for toys to make of him valuable assets to the company. As iconically represented by the duet he performs with his feet on a giant electronic keyboard together with the company’s owner, what makes of him valuable assets is rather an explorative and performative attitude—one that makes him act first, and then urges him to engage everyone in his playing.

Embodied Narratives explores the resourcefulness that children’s natural playfulness and performative engagements can offer to the co-design of social technology.

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The Digital Living Initiative

Instituto de Cultura y Tecnología
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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28903 Getafe, Spain

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