How can we use technology to help children understand each other better?

Create is an application designed for children ages 8-11. This app celebrates and encourages collaboration between children through an online platform which allows children to read and illustrate stories in real-time.

There are multiple functions to Create, including reading and illustrating daily short stories, the ability to search for, share, and view work, and  the opportunity to draw independently.

My primary role in this project involved design development. For more information, see the app demo and full presentation below. 
Structured and Unstructured Play
While conducting research, our team discovered that our target audience (ages 8-11), tends to spend their time during both structured and unstructured play. We designed the app with these types of play in mind, and asked ourselves "How can an app seem fun, and yet be educational? What does 'childish' design mean, and how can Create be mature and playful?"
User-Testing
A rough prototype was created in order to conduct user-testing.
Team Members: Brian Tran, Betsy Garwood, and Imana Onipe. Instructed by Gretchen Rinnert

Earned second place in the 2018 Interaction Design and Children Conference​​​​​​​
Process
Early Style Tile—Too abstract?
Early Style Tile—Too abstract?
Final Style Tile
Final Style Tile
Observation at Kent State Child Development Center
Observation at Kent State Child Development Center