EMIL IS AN ACTIVE, IMAGINATIVE SIX YEAR OLD WHOSE NARRATIVE PLAY OFTEN TRAVELS BEYOND THE PLAYROOM.
In addition to observation and ethnographic interviews with Emil, his parents, and 8-year-old brother, I relied on video recordings made by the family to understand their day-to-day activities and glimpse at how Emil perceives his world.
In my research, I wanted to learn:
- What do Emil's play patterns look like?
- Where does play fit into Emil's schedule and what parts of the day are challenging?
- What role does play serve in Emil's development?
FOR EMIL’S PARENTS, FINDING STORAGE SOLUTIONS THAT FIT SEAMLESSLY INTO THEIR EXISTING SPACE AND DECORATIVE STYLE IS A CONSISTENT CHALLENGE.
Their frustrations highlighted a clear need for personal, adaptable storage options. When their weekly clean-up rolls around, Emil and his brother struggle with too-vague instructions. They dislike sharing responsibility for one another's belongings, even though their favored activities often overlap.
Emil is like a lot of first graders: eager for independence but still in need of guidance.
Emil enjoys exercising his independence and exploring responsibility but still relies on his family for direction and help with everyday tasks. He can often be tracked down by following the littered action figures and play costumes throughout his home and backyard.
A FEEDBACK SESSION WITH EMIL OFFERED VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO HIS ABILITIES AND NEEDS.
During a user feedback session, Emil tests the different ways a bar clamp can be used, playing with its parts in unexpected ways. While some clamps operated beyond his motor skills, the interactive experience proved to be engaging.