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Apr 7, 2012

Guiding Ideas from Old Research

In trying to get back to a brain space conducive to the synthesis of events, ideas, and evaluations that need to happen, I revisited some of my research from early fall semester (when I was obsessed with Richard Sennett and Organic User Interfaces). I came across three quotations that were formative then and still hold major resonance with the mission of my thesis:

“I want to make a simple proposal about this engaged material consciousness: we become particularly interested in the things we can change…. People invest thought in the things they can change…”

“…evolution occurs when a new material condition suggests the new use of a new tool.”

Richard Sennett, The Craftsman

“One of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of something is to create it, to construct it, to build it.”

Mitch Resnick, Behavior Construction Kits

Oct 3, 2011

Guiding Principles for Construction Kits for Kids

Some Reflections on Designing Construction Kits for Kids [1]
Mitch Resnick + Brian Silverman

1. Design for Designers
2. Low Floor and Wide Walls
3. Make Powerful Ideas Salient – Not Forced
4. Support Many Paths, Many Styles
5. Make it as Simple as Possible – and Maybe Even Simpler
6. Choose Black Boxes Carefully
7. A Little Bit of Programming Goes a Long Way
8. Give People What They Want – Not What They Ask For
9. Invent Things That You Would Want to Use Yourself
10. Iterate, Iterate – then Iterate Again

1. Mitchel Resnick and Brian Silverman, “Some reflections on designing construction kits for kids” (ACM Press, 2005), 117-122,