Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education. 3rd EAI International Conference, TIE 2019, Braga, Portugal, October 17–18, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Rethinking the Design of Hotspots in Children’s Digital Picturebooks: Insights from an Exploratory Study

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_2,
        author={Douglas Menegazzi and Cristina Sylla and Stephania Padovani},
        title={Rethinking the Design of Hotspots in Children’s Digital Picturebooks: Insights from an Exploratory Study},
        proceedings={Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education. 3rd EAI International Conference, TIE 2019, Braga, Portugal, October 17--18, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={TIE},
        year={2020},
        month={1},
        keywords={Interaction design User-centered design Children’s book apps},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_2}
    }
    
  • Douglas Menegazzi
    Cristina Sylla
    Stephania Padovani
    Year: 2020
    Rethinking the Design of Hotspots in Children’s Digital Picturebooks: Insights from an Exploratory Study
    TIE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_2
Douglas Menegazzi1,*, Cristina Sylla2,*, Stephania Padovani3,*
  • 1: Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • 2: University of Minho
  • 3: Federal Univeristy of Paraná
*Contact email: douglas.menegazzi@ufsc.br, cristina.sylla@ie.uminho.pt, stephania.padovani@gmail.com

Abstract

Finding the correct hotspots when interacting with digital picturebooks is oft challenging for children. Here, we present an exploratory study carried out with a group of third graders to inform the design of hotspot icons for a children’s digital picturebook. Based on a selection and analysis of the most commonly used icons in digital picturebooks, especially apps, we created a low fidelity paper prototype to investigate children’s preferences and understanding of the interactive navigation areas, configuration and menus. For this, we invited the children to draw new icons for each hotspot. Based on the analysis of the results we designed a proposal of icons that were implemented in a digital prototype for tablets. The prototype was then validated with a similar group of children, and the results provided valuable insights for the design of hotspots that can be useful for researchers and designers working and developing digital picturebooks for children.