Participatory design is an approach to the design of new technologies that involves working with and for end users. It has been well-explored in contexts involving working with a range of “mainstream” groups, from office workers to abled children. In Pushing the Boundaries of Participatory Design, we aim to extend participatory design more widely, to groups who are usually under-served by research. 

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Join us at IDC'21 to design the World's Largest Distributed Participatory Design Project.


  • Constantin, Aurora, Alexandru, Cristina, Korte, Jessica, Wilson, Cara, Fails, Jerry, Sim, Gavin, Read, Janet C., and Eriksson, Eva (2021). Distributing participation in design: addressing challenges of a global pandemic. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction 28 100255 100255. 
  • Constantin, Aurora, Korte, Jessica, Wilson, Cara, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Good, Judith, Sim, Gavin, Read, Janet, Fails, Jerry Alan, and Eriksson, Eva (2020). Planning the world's most inclusive PD project. IDC '20: 2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference, London, United Kingdom, June 2020. New York, NY, United States: ACM. 
  • Korte, Jessica (2020). Patterns and themes in designing with children. Foundations and Trends® in Human–Computer Interaction 13 (2) 70-164. 
  • Korte, Jessica, Constantin, Aurora, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Fails, Jerry Alan, Eriksson, Eva, Good, Judith, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Garzotto, Franca, and Waller, Annalu (2019). Pushing the boundaries of participatory design. INTERACT 2019, Paphos, Cyprus, 2–6 September, 2019. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 
  • Constantin, Aurora, Korte, Jessica, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Dragomir, Mihaela, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Eriksson, Eva, Waller, Annalu, and Garzotto, Franca (2019). Pushing the boundaries of participatory design with children with special needs. IDC '19 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Boise, ID, United States, 12 - 15 June, 2019. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. 
  • Constantin, Aurora, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Eriksson, Eva, Korte, Jessica, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Mihaela Dragomir,, Pain, Helen, Garzotto, Franca, and Waller, Annalu (2019). Expecting the unexpected in participatory design. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Glasgow, Scotland, 4-9 May, 2019. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery.

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For more information about this project, please get in touch:

Dr Jessica Korte

Project members

Academic Staff