Designing Apps for Little Fingers Confoo Montreal Feb 2014

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: krotondo



Young children can seem to “get” touch devices right away. But there are special considerations to make when designing for young kids, to maximize their engagement and minimize their frustration.

We'll discuss using characters, audio and visual indicators, and inactivity timeouts; as well as which gestures are intuitive for small fingers, how the way children hold tablets affects UI, and what content to include for parents and how.

So Easy a Child Could Do It
 Designing Apps ConFoo Montréal, Canada February 27, 2014 for Little Fingers Kathryn Rotondo @krotondo


tap? double tap? swipe? undo? sound effects? animations?



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Landscape Orientation Resting Hand Studio Proper Clumsy iPad Case


Most Intuitive Gestures





Least Intuitive Gestures

Pinch Zoom

ke ha S ilt T


Flick Fling

Double Tap


“Hello, Super You!” Superwhy Greetings

Look over here! Bobo Explores Light Guides

Touch me! Shapes & Puzzles Intuitive Goal

copy me LEGO DUPLO Zoo Instructions

Distinct from 
 Background Magic Stickers Interactivity

blinky The Three Little Pigs Timeouts

smile Casper Scare School Wrong Answers

stickers Monkey Preschool Lunchbox Payouts

“ooh, aah!” Toca Kitchen Feedback

go anywhere The Monster at the End of this Book… Starring Grover! Menu

normal & boss levels Spy Mouse HD Continuity

home & replay Toca Doctor End of Play


side-to-side LEGO App4+ Scrolling

swiping & button Bad Piggies HD Showing “More”

pictoral & standard Pudding Monsters HD Button Icons

pictorial level menu Sprinkle Junior No Reading


sync with audio Little Red Riding Hood Highlighting

Zaner Bloser Peekaboo Trick or Treat Fonts

to the side Make It Pop Counters


instruction at end The Monster at the End of this Book… Starring Grover! Concise

turn page or wait? Sid the Science Kid Read & Play Interruptability

“O-O-O-O-O” Endless Alphabet Sound Effects

knock knock Peeakaboo Trick or Treat Activity Cues

ambiance Interactive Alphabet Background

For Grown-Ups

randomized Toca Builders Baby Gates

Toca Builders Parent Tips

badge = trust Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program Be Transparent

showing > text Interactive Alphabet Help

Wee You Things Register/Login

Resources Sesame’s Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development ! Moms with Apps Know What’s Inside Program ! Developer Exchange Facebook Group ! Apps Playground App Reviews Gesture Illustrations by Tomodachi


Thanks! Kathryn Rotondo @krotondo

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