Co-Designing with Children

Develop, Method, Principle#3, Resource created by D4CR

Goal: To create a solution that reflects children’s – not adults – world, needs and preferences

  • Involve children throughout the whole design process, from concept development to testing the final piece
  • Speak in a child-friendly way; in a language they understand
  • Document and discuss every idea
  • Be careful not to steer discussion based on what you (the adult) believe the outcome should be
  • Allow for the opportunity to co-create the environment you work in

When developing the All About Me gallery at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, England, child consultants disagreed with the adult design team’s ideas for the gallery. As design ethos that the museum uses is ‘for children, with children’; this meant reconsidering the design based on the children’s ideas.