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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2018 MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ Grimoire


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Lauren E Donohue (designer)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)


May 17 2018


Teen reading engagement is in decline, both historically, and in comparison to their juvenile years. Research suggests a number of causal factors. Many young adults receive their first cellphone during their early teen years, allowing them to play games, contact their friends, and develop content of their own. As they reach high school, teens begin to receive more challenging assignments and increased course loads. Both of these create an increased demand on their time and attention. Traditional attempts to encourage teens to read have mainly emphasized its importance to their learning outcomes, while ignoring how important enjoyment is. An overwhelming amount of time and care is put into the design affordances for children’s print media specifically to interest them in books while they’re learning, and similarly for hyper-literate communities like Sci-Fi Fantasy readers. But reading engagement doesn’t end with merely attaining literacy, and teens are an untapped market.




Lauren E Donohue. Grimoire. May 17 2018. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2018 MFA Design and Technology program theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 16 Jul 2019.

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