New products can be integrated better into our daily lives when they fit within our daily routines.
Children have daily routines. They do sports once or twice a week. They have dinner every evening around the same time. They go to school from Monday to Friday. These routines often determine the structure of the days within a family. When designing a product, we need to take these routines into account.
How to make a product fit into the daily life of a child/family?
First of all, it is important to understand the routines of a family. By talking to them, one is able to create a so called routine timeline. This helps to interpret which routines are most important, and why this is the case. Moreover, it improves the ability to understand how a certain product could influence a certain routine.
1. make an overview of activities
2. Specify per activitie positive and negative aspects
Use the design tool dilemmas. Every person has their personal desires and demands. These are determined, amongst others, by the living conditions, age, stage of life, and the disability of a child. These desires and demands can sometimes be conflicting and this can cause personal dilemmas to occur.
The following design projects are examples of the fit daily life design quality. These products are created by designers from the Delft University of Technology. 
usual. usable. for all.
Design products for all children
Interactive reading book
Project by: Nathalja Wiersma
Nathalja designed a product for children who have problems with, amongst others, chewing, talking and swallowing. Her interactive book integrates many exercises for facial muscles in its story. This means that the product is functional, fun to use and does not stigmatise the child.
Fit daily life:
Nathalja’s products fits within a common ritual within families: being read to by parents before going to bed. Parents read the story and also partake in the exercises integrated in the book. Exercises include: imitating animals and playing instruments.
Design for children:
The story and the images within this interactive book are specifically created for children.
Support for self-development:
Scientific research shows that doing facial muscle exercises during a young age increases the likelihood that these muscles will stay well developed during older ages. As such, this interactive read-aloud book supports self-expression and therefore self-development.
usual. usable. for all.
Design assistive products for children
Project by: Deanne Spek​​​​​​​
It is very important to design products specifically tailored to children with disabilities. But often we forget to think about the impact that this disability could have on the respective brother(s) and/or sisters of the child in question. Deanne Spek designed the Sibsack to enhance the meaningful interactions between siblings. This two-coloured beanbag comes with specific exercises (i.e. question cards) meant to initiate conversations about feelings and emotions between the disabled child, and the rest of the family. On top of that, the beanbag offers a physical space in which the child could feel comfortable with expressing its emotions.
Fit daily life:​​​​​​​
The Sibsack aims to create a new ritual within a family. This is achieved in a voluntary and fun manner. By creating a comfortable physical place for conversations about emotions and other important topics, the Sibsack reminds and allows a family to share their thoughts, and appreciate their differences.
Design for children:
The beanbag is a common toy or attribute for children to play with.
Support for self-development:
Deanne's solution helps families to discuss their problems and feelings. Eventually it could lead to the improved mental wellbeing of the whole family.
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