Mobile app developers hope to introduce kids to UX design with magnetic design tool
By: Appsquad US
"We initially built Wibo so we could quickly brainstorm ideas without having to create it in the software to save time, but we soon found out it had a lot of other benefits," says Jay Kitamura, CEO of Appsquad.
Since there is no software experience required, it allowed clients who had no design experience to instantly convey their ideas on the board. This was a game changer since half of the struggle in the mobile app development process is to get approvals from the client.
"I figured, since it seemed like anyone could now build an app, why not have some kids try it out. I think it is important to introduce UX design to them at an early age. My wife is a 3rd grade teacher so I see what they are being exposed to in school, and there really is nothing that gets them thinking in this way," replied Jay when asked why he introduced it to children.
Building an app or website on Wibo, is like playing with a puzzle or building blocks. It's quick, easy, and fun, especially with huge collection of tiles that are available. When kids have used it, it is a great learning experience. They get to be introduced to a whole new side of graphic design that they are not typically exposed to. Kids usually see the artistic side of design, not the functional. We can see in the graphic design industry as adults that different people excel in different areas. Some are creatives and have an artistic eye, while others have a talent on making things easy to use, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, UX and UI designers typically don't discover this talent until late in life. Maybe Wibo can change that.
"Our goal is to introduce this product to the public and hopefully get enough orders to start donating some boards to classrooms and after school programs. I think it can make a difference in the daily workload for a typical UX designer, but more importantly, I think it can really impact the potential for more future UX designers to emerge in the industry. It is a vastly growing field due to the technology trends," Jay concludes.
Wibo is on Kickstarter from March 13 - April 12th 2019. If you are interested in getting a Wibo or supporting the cause, visit www.getwibo.com.