Deb Gelman has been involved with kids and media since 1993. After a brief stint in children’s television, Deb moved into interactive media, designing kids’ websites, software, and virtual environments for companies including PBS Sprout, Scholastic, Comcast, and Crayola. She currently works at Comcast Interactive Media in Philadelphia, PA. Connect with Deb on Twitter at @dgelman.
Entries by Debra Levin Gelman
How do you define fun on the web? Fun means different things to different people. Debra Levin Gelman says that to create fun, we need to allow users to create, play, and explore. Learn how to help your client define fun, rank its importance on their site, and user test it to create a delightful experience, regardless of whether you're designing for suits and ties or the sandbox crowd.
Designing websites for kids is a fascinating, challenging, rewarding, and exasperating experience: You’re trying to create a digital experience for people who lack the cognitive capacity to understand abstraction; to establish brand loyalty with people who are influenced almost exclusively by their peers; and to communicate subjective value propositions to people who can only see things in black-and-white. Fortunately, it’s possible to create a successful registration process for these folks with an understanding of how their brains work. Debra Levin Gelman explores how to design effective registration forms for kids based on their context, technical skills, and cognitive capabilities.