Developmentally Situated Design

Project Overview

There is a wealth of theoretical knowledge about the developmental abilities and skills of children. However, this knowledge is not readily accessible to designers of interactive products. In this project, we are developing and evaluating developmentally situated design (DSD) cards. DSD cards are a design tool that makes age specific information about children's developing cognitive, physical, social, and emotional abilities readily accessible for designers.


Click here to download the original card set.


Deng, Ying, Alissa N. Antle, and Carman Neustaedter. 2014. Tango cards: a card-based design tool for informing the design of tangible learning games. In Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS’14). ACM, 695-704.

Bekker, Tilde, and Alissa N. Antle. 2011. Developmentally situated design (DSD): Making theoretical knowledge accessible to designers of children's technology. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2531-2540.