DESIGN FOR INFANTS IS NOT DESIGN FOR CHILDREN: ON THE QUEST OF TOOLS TO MODEL A METHOD TO DESIGN FOR INFANTS
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Monsalve, Juliana; Maya, Jorge
Institution: EAFIT University, Colombia
Section: Design for Life
Child Centred Design focuses on understanding children s contextual and experiential factors for design. However, the conventional user-designer interaction could not support the specific situation of designing for infants. This is due to infants are not verbal or self-reflective. Approaches addressing users largely dependent on caregivers could support the case of design for infants, considering the wide knowledge caretakers may hold about their care-receivers. This paper addresses a literature survey of tools for designing for children, aiming to provide theoretical support for the formalisation of a method for designing for infants. The study followed a systematic approach data abstraction and analysis. The study shows that the current CCD domain has a focus on co-design tools with intergenerational teams, addressing children older than 6 years old. There were no findings addressing the case of infants. However, it was found that frameworks intended to design for autistic children might support the case of design for infants, as they involve actively caretakers. Finally, this study proposes a selection of methods and tools that might be relevant when designing for infants.