products that children like to use, are more likely to be accepted
What do children like to do? What are their passions and their strengths? What do they want to look like? It is important to integrate the preferences of children into your designs and projects. By doing this, the stigmatization will be minimised because the product will fit the child’s personality.​​​​​​​
How to design for children?
Make use of the design tool Superhero personas: As a product designer, it is important to design products that are enjoyable and easy to use. Therefor it is essential that a designer, when focusing on children, makes sure that the design is based on the child’s world. It happens too often that only the disability is taken into account within a design which leads to products that do not focus on what a child would enjoy to use. We like to work with Superhero personas. By incorporating this theme into the design of products for children, we can make sure that the product does not stigmatise the child as much, and can even be seen as a cool attribute!
Examples
The following design projects are examples of the design for children design quality. These projects have been created by designers from the Delft University of Technology. Every project contains a description explaining how it is linked to the three design qualities.
usual. usable. for all.
Design products for all children
X-Ces
Project by: Willemijn Boere
Willemijn remodelled an existing toy (a hover board cart) that is not suitable for children with muscular dystrophy. She added extra safety – and support components to the X-CES so that it can be used by all children.
Design for children:
Since this new design only adds extra (cool) gadgets to a hover board cart, it still looks and feels like a normal toy. As such, the person who is riding the X-CES will likely not feel stigmatised.

Fit daily life:
The design of the X-CES is based on a hover board cart. A lot of children use it to play outside, which is part of their daily routine.
Support self-development:
The X-CES allows children with muscular dystrophy to safely play outside with the other kids. This not only allows them to explore new places, but it could also give a boost to their interaction with other children.
usual. usable. for all.
Design assistive products for children
JetBack
Project by: Stephanie Nieuwhuizen
Children with Duchenne often require seating support in order to maintain a healthy posture. Stephanie designed the JetBack which will solve exactly this issue. The JetBack consists of two comfortable pillows that can provide the necessary seating support for these children. On the other hand, the JetBack can be rearranged to look like a cool backpack.
Design for children:
A lot children wear (soft) backpacks resembling their favourite cartoon or gaming characters. The JetBack allows children with Duchenne to wear the same type of backpack whilst also ensuring the necessary back support at all times.
Fit daily life:
Almost all children and adolescents wear a backpack in their daily lives. The JetBack is soft and light and therefore perfectly suitable for children with Duchenne.
Support self-development:
Almost all children and adolescents wear a backpack in their daily lives. The JetBack is soft and light and therefore perfectly suitable for children with Duchenne.
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