PROJECT

KidsTeam Co-Design Research

KidsTeam is an intergenerational design team composed of kids aged 7-11 years-old, adult partners, and a variety of outside stakeholders (ranging from industry partners like Amazon to the Seattle Public Library). At KidsTeam we engage in co-design, where the children are equal stakeholders in the design process.

DESIGN RESEARCH, VISUAL DESIGN,
RESEARCH STUDY, CO-DESIGN
2018-PRESENT
PARTNERS: JASON YIP, WENDY ROLDAN
INTRODUCTION

I have worked as a design researcher with KidsTeam for 2 years, partnering on a variety of projects and new initiatives. My work has included: working as a design researcher on experimental projects and industry partners to test new co-design methods, helping to lead initiatives to bring technology to underserved populations, working on a study to understand how to train Masters of Human Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID) students on co-design practices, and doing the visual branding for KidsTeam and the parent organization, the Children Technology Research Learning + Families Lab (CTRL+F Lab).

RESEARCH STUDY

Master of Human Computer Interaction (MHCID) + Co-Design Study

I am part of a team of researchers at the University of Washington conducting a study to understand how MHCID students, and design students in general, can learn to become more empathetic, culturally competent, reflective, and trained practitioners who understand the value of co-design practices. I joined a multi-year study led by a PhD student, Wendy Roldan, and helped in the data collection and analysis. The project took 1 year (2019-2020 school year), and we are currently writing a paper on our findings.

YEARLONG STUDY (2019-2020)
DESIGN RESEARCH, CO-DESIGN
MHCID + KIDSTEAM
TEAM: WENDY ROLDAN, JASON YIP,
JON FROEHLICH, XIN GAO, IRENE LI,
ALLISON HISHIKAWA
Session with MHCID students and kids designing together using the "Big Paper" method.
UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

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SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

CTRL+F Lab Branding

The parent organization of KidsTeam is the CTRL+F Lab, which is run by Jason Yip at the University of Washington. The lab stands for Children, Technology, Research, Learning + Families and hosts a wide variety of projects. I designed the logo to mimic a keyboard as an ode to the CTRL+F name, and created a website that is quirky and playful to mimic the style of the lab, which is centered around technology for children and families.

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

No items found.
SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

Principles of the team in order to ensure a fun, supportive, and enriching learning environment for the child and adult partners
A child modeling 3D shapes
A child preparing for a Tinkercad session by learning about 3D shapes

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

CTRL+F Lab Branding

The parent organization of KidsTeam is the CTRL+F Lab, which is run by Jason Yip at the University of Washington. The lab stands for Children, Technology, Research, Learning + Families and hosts a wide variety of projects. I designed the logo to mimic a keyboard as an ode to the CTRL+F name, and created a website that is quirky and playful to mimic the style of the lab, which is centered around technology for children and families.

UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

CTRL+F Lab Branding

The parent organization of KidsTeam is the CTRL+F Lab, which is run by Jason Yip at the University of Washington. The lab stands for Children, Technology, Research, Learning + Families and hosts a wide variety of projects. I designed the logo to mimic a keyboard as an ode to the CTRL+F name, and created a website that is quirky and playful to mimic the style of the lab, which is centered around technology for children and families.

Principles of the team in order to ensure a fun, supportive, and enriching learning environment for the child and adult partners
A child modeling 3D shapes
A child preparing for a Tinkercad session by learning about 3D shapes

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

UNDERSTAND

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

Principles of the team in order to ensure a fun, supportive, and enriching learning environment for the child and adult partners
A child modeling 3D shapes
A child preparing for a Tinkercad session by learning about 3D shapes
SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

CTRL+F Lab Branding

The parent organization of KidsTeam is the CTRL+F Lab, which is run by Jason Yip at the University of Washington. The lab stands for Children, Technology, Research, Learning + Families and hosts a wide variety of projects. I designed the logo to mimic a keyboard as an ode to the CTRL+F name, and created a website that is quirky and playful to mimic the style of the lab, which is centered around technology for children and families.

Seattle Public Library + KidsTeam Initiative

KidsTeam is based on the foundation of empowering kids to become active participants in the creation of technologies and services they consume, and teaching local organizations the tools of co-design so they can spread these practices towards their community. I worked on an initiative to train librarians how to run co-design sessions accompanied by teen leaders (high school students from the local community), so they could teach 3D printing and other technological skills to a group of lower income youth. I volunteered as a design partner for the 4-month program, working with the kids weekly. Our team learned valuable skills about teaching outside organizations co-design techniques, and how to build an environment that is supportive of collaborative and meaningful design partnerships.

Principles of the team in order to ensure a fun, supportive, and enriching learning environment for the child and adult partners
A child modeling 3D shapes
A child preparing for a Tinkercad session by learning about 3D shapes

KidsTeam Directed Reading Group (DRG)

I participated in a Directed Reading Group (DRG) for 3 months, analyzing relevant co-design literature. Each week, I would synthesize papers and produce analytical memos (a.k.a. brain dumps). I would discuss the papers with the group, and applied the findings to a summer training session for new kids onboarding to join KidsTeam. I helped facilitate the activities during the process. The kids would join us for a week long summer program where they would get introduced to co-design methods (i.e. bags of stuff, big paper, likes/dislikes/design ideas). This week would get them comfortable learning how to co-design with adult partners, and prepare them to work with industry partners (i.e. Amazon or Seattle Public Library).

SUMMER 2018
DIRECTOR: JASON YIP

KidsTeam Visual Branding

I designed a branding system for KidsTeam that factored in the playful and quirky elements of the organization, and applied this style guide to create a logo system, website, merchandise, print materials and other key assets.

Existing Logo

I first took into consideration the existing KidsTeam UW logo. It had a very playful style and color palette, but was not versatile enough for all of the necessary applications. The logo also needed to be used for partner organizations (i.e. KidsTeam UW + Seattle Public Library).

Existing KidsTeam logo

Ideation

I started to ideate on different concepts, and came up with the beginnings of the KidsTeam UW logo.

Logo Refinement

The logo is simple, yet has a playful tone to it with the curvilinear style and textured boarders. I wanted the logo to reflect the imperfections and messiness of working with kids. The signature star icon was used as for the letter “I”.

Logo System

KidsTeam is expanding and partnering with many different organizations, and so I designed the logo to be adaptable and fit other companies. The entire system allows for partner organizations to be featured alongside KidsTeam.

Iconography & Applications

I built off of some existing KidsTeam characters, and expanded the collection to include elements for the key design methods. I did a design session with kids at one of the library co-design sessions, and had them create new icons. I digitized the icons to feature on the website and other assets.

Co-design session with kids at a library to come up with new additions to the icon system

CTRL+F Lab Branding

The parent organization of KidsTeam is the CTRL+F Lab, which is run by Jason Yip at the University of Washington. The lab stands for Children, Technology, Research, Learning + Families and hosts a wide variety of projects. I designed the logo to mimic a keyboard as an ode to the CTRL+F name, and created a website that is quirky and playful to mimic the style of the lab, which is centered around technology for children and families.