I’ve been closely following the Design Council’s Knee High Design Challenge
. The challenge consists of a series of teams working to “improve the health and well-being of children under five and their families.” At this stage, the teams have designed and implemented their programs and are now gathering data/feedback to better understand the impact that these activities have in their participants’ lives. Evaluation is such a key component in the design process and its certainly emphasized in the short clip above. In this case, program designers realized that the walk to and from their destination was as important to the children as the destination itself. It was from this information, designers heightened their participants’ experience and engagement by creating innovative, exploratory paths for children and their parents to venture through. And as I watched the children walk hand in hand to the park, a verse from The Road Not Taken
came to mind. It’s all about the journey folks! Even for the wee ones!
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.