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Carlo Giovannella <[log in to unmask]>
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Special Issue on
"Design for children and older people - Educating the Next Generation of 

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745)

Guest Editors:
• Eva Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
• Olof Torgersson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
• Caterina Calefato, Interuniversity Consortium for Optimization and 
Operations Research, Italy
• Chiara Ferrarini, RE:Lab S.r.l., Italy

Important dates:
*** Deadline: 30 May, 2014 ***
Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 30 June, 2014

• Deadline for submission of the final camera ready version of accepted 
papers: 20 July, 2014
• Publication of the special issue: end of July 2014


In today’s society, while children and older people are gaining 
influence they can still be considered in a broad sense as groups of 
vulnerable people. In many cases, they have less control of their lives 
and are more dependent on others to help out with various kinds of 
things than the average population. In addition to this, they may also 
have various kinds of cognitive and physical restrictions. For these 
reasons the term “vulnerable generations” will be used to denote the 
group of children and elderly as a whole.
In line with their increased influence, there is a growing awareness of 
the needs of vulnerable generations. Innovative use of design 
specifically targeted towards these groups’ special needs can contribute 
greatly to the improvement of their wellbeing, preventing them from 
facing difficult or stressful situations. However, less work has been 
spent on developing teaching modules for design methods and practices 
aiming at covering the needs of elderly and children. Accordingly, more 
work is needed on design for these groups.
To improve the design practice in the area of design for elderly and 
children it is necessary to not only study and improve methodology, but 
also how to transfer the gained knowledge to new generations of 
designers to ensure its use in design. A combination of current best 
practices and design explorations and teaching experiments should be 
used to suggest new approaches to design for children and older people 
and to modernize the design curriculum with a specific focus on both 
older people and children.

The special issue welcomes original research papers from topics 
including, but not restricted to:

• Design methods and techniques for older people and children
• How to investigate children abilities and interaction context
• How to investigate older people abilities and interaction context
• Methods for involving vulnerable users into the design process
• Innovation and creativity in products and services for children
• Innovation and creativity in products and services for children
• User-centered design - toys and games

• Training needs for professional designers
• Training needs for design students
• Teaching experiments of innovative design curricula
• From educational model to design techniques

• Multidisciplinary approaches to technologies for children or for older 
• Technologies and learning skills: how learning skills change over time 
- older people
• Technologies and learning skills: how learning skills arise - children

Vulnerable generations; children; elderly; older people; design; 
education, teaching experiments; teaching methods, user centered design.

Submission procedure
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.

All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit a 8-14 pages paper
(including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, 
references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page: (when submitting the
paper please choose as first Domain Subject: "IxD&A special issue: 
'Design for children and older people')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics 
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal 
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors, 
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

• eva.eriksson[at]
• olof.torgersson[at]
• caterina.calefato[at]
• chiara.ferrarini[at]

marking the subject as: "IxD&A, special issue on: 'Design for children 
and older people'"

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