Participatory Design Strategies with Children with Special Needs

During the last year I worked in different participatory design processes to design video games for and with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Pico’s Adventure

In 2013, I designed and facilitated a 10 sessions workshop for children with ASD to co-design the game Pico’s Adventure. The game “Pico’s Adventure” was funded by the European project M4ALL and aimed at scaffolding social interaction in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

During the project I have been in charge of organizing and carry on the participatory design with ASD children. Four children worked with us as “co-designers” to transform defined goals into an enjoyable playful experience and evaluate which aspects elicit higher level of motivation and interest in children.

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The workshop took place in the “Hospital Sant Joan de Deu“ on a weekly basis. The participants selected by the UETD professionals were four children how joined a total of five sessions, during which they were designing, discussing, drawing and experimenting with us in order to create an interesting and enjoyable game. The experience has been incredibly enriching both from the point of view of the research and the game design. We are very thankful to the “co-designer” children for their contributions!

For more informations visit: http://lab4.ccp.upf.edu/

Land’s of Fog

During 2015, I designed and facilitated a 4 sessions workshop for children with ASD to co-design the game Land’s of Fog. The game “Land’s of fog” was funded by the RecerCaixa 2013 grant (Feb/2014 to Jan/2016). The research project investigates how a full-body interactive environment can foster social initiation behaviours in children with Autism while interacting with typically developed children.

During the project I have been in charge of organizing and carry on the participatory design with 4 ASD children. In the different sessions of the workshop we worked together to design the environment of the game, its characters and their behaviors.

For more informations visit: http://inautistic.upf.edu/

Publications about the projects:

In case you want to know more information about the design process and methods you can read:

– Malinverni, L., Mora-Guiard, J., & Pares, N. (2016). Towards methods for evaluating and communicating participatory design: A multimodal approach.International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

– Malinverni, L., Mora-Guiard, J., Padillo, V., Valero, L., Hervás, A., & Pares, N. (2016). An inclusive design approach for developing video games for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Computers in Human Behavior.

– Mora-Guiard, J., Malinverni, L., Pares, N., (2014) Narrative-Based Elicitation: Orchestrating Contributions from Experts and Children, in CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada

– Malinverni, L., Mora-Guiard, J., Padillo, V., Mairena, M.A., Hervás, A., Pares, N., (2014) Participatory Design Strategies to Enhance the Creative Contribution of Children with Special Needs, in Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC2014, Aarhus, Denmark

Rethink Game Design through Feminist Methodologies

“Or what a feminist perspective can bring to the design of video games?”
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During the seminar “Xoy1 Digital Industry and Gender” (Sevilla), with Manuela Acereda we carried out a 4 hours workshop aimed at collaboratively create a series of prototypes of mini-games capable of offering a critical perspective to the topics of gender, subjectivity and identity in the Internet . The workshop was based on the re- appropriation and remix of feminist and theatrical methodologies.The methodologies used were based on three key concepts: embodied experience, synesthetic thinking and intersubjectivity. Embodied experience was been addressed through the use of theatrical techniques oriented towards putting the body into action. The synesthetic thinking has been used to translate ideas proceeding from a logocentric field of knowledge (cultural studies) to visual, theatrical and plastic languages, in order to explore the semiotic values of the materials.To enact intersubjectivity we used the sharing of subjective experiences as the starting point for ideating games. Participants were invited to share their personal experiences related to “gender/subjetivity /identity and internet” and to use their reciprocal narrations as raw materials for game design. At the end of the workshop participants prototyped different games capable of implementing novel mechanics and proposing new imaginaries.

Here you can find a presentation summarizing the experience:

And here a short abstract of the talk we gave at ECER 2014 “The Past, the Present and Future of Educational Research in Europe”, Porto, Portugal: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265592516_Rethink_Game_Design_through_Feminist_Methodologies_a_Case_Study

The possible impossible machine

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With minipimer.tv we create the Possible Impossible Machine. The machine, exhibited in Liwoli festival the Kunstuniversität Linz, borns as a reflection on the limits of “human-computer-interaction” when compared with the richness and variety of possibilities offered by the interaction between humans.

The machine works only when 9 people get organized and activated together and in the same moment, the 9 sensors of the machine.

The modules containing the sensors were built by different people in a series of workshops conducted between Barcelona and Linz.The machine thus becomes a tool for discussing problems, a meta-cognitive object and a self-learning dynamic.

The machine wants to be a methodology, an open process of construction, deconstruction and mutation. It’s aim is to generate pretexts for the reflection about the dynamics of collective creation and the possible (and impossible) displacement of the notion of open source.

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Installation

Year: 2011

Technique: software programmed with Processing and controlled by the Arduino microcontroller with different types of sensors. Modules built with recycled material and tapes

Dimensions: 4m x 4m

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