Student Projects

Tilde Bekker – Research Topics

Design tool for designing for children:

Developmentally Situated Design card set



Work done during a sabbatical in 2010 in collaboration with Dr. Alissa Antle at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (Canada) has resulted in a card-tool, called the Developmentally Situated Design tool containing knowledge from child development for making design decisions. Dr. Antle continued with the project in Canada and worked with a team of SFU students, to refine, redesign and re-evaluate the cards. The work culminated in a completely redesigned second set of DSD cards.  Dr. Bekker then had the second set professionally produced in limited quantities in The Netherlands.


The DSD tool consists of 44 cards, about cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills and abilities of children for three age groups (5-6, 7-9 and 10-12).


You can request a paper version of the DSD card set at [m.m.bekker at tue.nl].




The card set was selected for a DEVICE (DEsign for Vulnerable generatIons: Children and Elderly) Best Practice Award in October 2013. The European-based award recognizes design targeted at vulnerable generations: children and the elderly.


DEVICE is part of the Erasmus Multilateral Projects funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme. The project aims at providing designers with the appropriate tools and knowledge needed to design for children and older adults.


The DSD card set was selected from numerous cases of research and education activities collected by the DEVICE project. The selection committee provided the following motivation for its decision:


“The DSD [card] is a tool that transforms a wealth of theory, not really accessible for practitioners, into a readily accessible tool for designers. The tool is highly suitable in teaching and training [developing] designers in the art of designing for and with children.”



·         Bekker, M.M. and Antle, A. (2011) Developmentally Situated Design (DSD): Making Theoretical Knowledge Accessible to Designers of Children’s Technology, CHI 2011 conference, Vancouver, Canada. (.pdf)