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Catalina Naranjo-Bock is a user experience researcher and designer. She has collaborated across the US, Europe, Canada and Southamerica with creative departments in companies dedicated to entertainment media, toy design, digital applications for kids, and games. Additionally, she has served as adjunct faculty, guest speaker, invited author and international juror in different design related venues. Catalina holds a dual degree in Industrial and Digital Design, and an MFA In Experience Design and User Research from The Ohio State University.
The entire process of designing digital applications comes with many challenges and decisions. For the majority of projects, you will be designing in somewhat familiar territory. But what happens when you have to design something to be used by hundreds of children around the world? How do you accommodate your design for kids of different ages and backgrounds? What special challenges emerge, and how can they be overcome?
For a project of this scale, the design process we follow might require modifications. These modifications would be to accommodate the needs of younger age groups and would shape the entire length of the project, from user research, brainstorming, interface design and interaction design all the way to the final stages of usability testing and user support.