Internship as a child: what designers can learn through play with children

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When designing for children’s play, designers need to understand the people and the context for which they are designing. This paper studies what designers can learn through play when completing an internship as a child, meaning spending time with children in their everyday lives without a predefined agenda. The data material involves reflective letters written by former design students who participated in an internship four years ago, as part of a Master’s course in child-centred design for play. The analysis of the letters shows how designers learn about play, children, designers, the method, and reflection when doing an internship as a child. The paper concludes that an internship as a child includes all the characteristics of learning through play, and appears as a quick and simple, yet insightful, method of understanding how to design for children and their play experiences.
Translated title of the contributionI praktik som barn: hvad designere kan lære gennem leg med børn
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventDesign Research Society Conference : PhD By Design - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


ConferenceDesign Research Society Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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