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David works in the UK, lecturing on web design, e-commerce and web technologies in the Higher Education sector. He also runs Thistle Games, a games design website and consultancy for all kinds of family and shared gaming. In his time off he plays around with graphics software, designs learning games and takes part in ARGs (Alternate Reality Games).
Designing websites and related media for kids presents plenty of opportunities for Web designers. Openings are available at many businesses and schools, as well as through parents and kids themselves, giving designers many ways to find work on electronic and print projects that appeal to kids. The types of work range from interface designs for video games to websites for birthday parties.
There was a time when kids’ websites were brash and busy, packed with colors and cartoon typography. Fortunately, the scale of the children’s market across most product ranges has resulted in rapid innovation in recent years. Most websites aimed at children (or children and adults) now follow principles that take some account of kids’ perspectives on Web design.