"MATH SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN(4-7 years) THROUGH UTILIZING THE RELEVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY." -DR. ROBERT HEAL
Designing for CHILDREN
Baseblocks' aim is to teach basic arithmetic to children. Our client Robert Heal came to us with the challenge of taking an outdated online application and streaming it with additonal functionality. .
Humanizing an idea
The original product lacked life with dark, basic colors and outdate interactions. The first initiative was to fully inspect non-distracting, yet, lively elements in both interaction and interface. With bright colors, large buttons and constant feedback the app became easy and fun to use.
The main challenge in creating a space by which teachers and students can perform desired tasks was initially intimidating. But the solution was found through talking with teachers and performing user testing with children. Originally the online application had a toggle to switch between teacher and student mode. This architecture on the problem page made it easy for students to end up on the instructor's interface. Through organizational layout on the home page the problem was quickly resolved. The only way in which the student ended up on the teacher page was by purpose and curiosity --not through accident.
Testing this project was a bit tricky due the user audience. Guerrilla testing became an obvious solution in this project. We sat down with every child and teacher we could find to quickly receive feedback. This method resolved to be quite practical and the final product is now being used by beta testers in classrooms and homes.