How to design with children for children?

In 2021, CAAE sought cooperation with VIVITA, an international creativity accelerator network for kids and youths. Vivita employs a children’s designer that facilitates the designing process for children. CAAE with Vivita approached the Estonian Maritime Museum and in early 2022 we started a common project where the goal was two-fold: to understand the needs and experiences of children and families. Secondly, design tangible objects for the planned renewal of the permanent exhibition. CAAE conducted observations with short interviews, walk-along interviews with children, in-depth interviews as well as the photo-voice method. A workshop with the museum staff followed and after that, Vivita took over with their 3-day design sprint with kids. 

In cooperation with Vivita and the Estonian public sector Innovation team, we held a webinar for wider audience to raise awareness among civil servants, politicians, opinion leaders, desingers etc. As a result, this visual sheet of instructions was born – feel free to download it and share it!

Author: Siiri Taimla-Rannala, Joonmeedia