So far there have been two excellent theses’ finished directly related to Kinetic Stories. The first one, finished in 2012 is called “Kurkistus kustannusprosessiin – Ohjeistus aloittelevalle kirjailijalle” (English: A Glance into Publishing Process – A Guide for a Beginner Author). This excellent thesis by Laurea UAS BBA students Ella Haapa-Alho and Mia Kovero covered the process of publishing children’s books in Finland. It was commissioned by us at Delicode to find out about how the industry works and indeed produced some very interesting information on the subject.
Permanent download link, a small clip from the abstract in English: “The main concepts of this thesis are publishing and the publishing process. Interviews were the primary method for gathering research data because of the small amount of literature on publishing. Three publishers and four authors were interviewed for this thesis.”
Another fantastic thesis was recently finished by Laurea UAS MBA student Anu Ahlgren. Anu’s work, titled “Osallistavat menetelmät lasten ja teknologian vuorovaikutussuunnittelussa Case Punahilkka” (English: Participatory methods in children and technology interaction design), gave us first glimpses in to real play testing for Kinetic Stories. Done in collaboration with a Helsinki kindergarten who graciously opened their doors, Anu managed to put together a fantastic framework of ideas of how to get children participating in the actual design process of making up of stories. We’re hoping that some of Anu’s work will get represented in a related scientific conference soon.
Permanent download link, a small clip from abstract in English: “The study revealed that the most of the methods are well suited for interaction designs especially for children aged between 5 and 6. The most significant results were that the product design should not be made on behalf of the children. The children should be involved with the interaction design for products which are intended for them. The study presents how the methods work, as well as ways to involve children in the design process. The research results can be utilized in a user research, which aims to use participatory methods for the first time with the children in the interaction design.”
I’d like to personally thank Ella, Mia and Anu for their contribution to Kinetic Stories. Rest assured more theses’ (next ones completely in English) are on the way!