Welcome to Dust or Magic

  •  “An idea can become dust or magic depending upon the talent that rubs against it.” (Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉), from the forward of the book by Bob Hughes with modifications by Roger Wagner)


    April 19 – 21 Dust or Magic Once Upon An App at the Highlights Foundation. Celebrate spring, and excellence in interactive design!  For the third year, we’ll focus on ebooks, language, text scaffolding design, fonts, digital storytelling, app store tricks with a close examination of the winners: especially My Very Hungry Caterpillar and David Wiesner’s Spot. Don’t miss this very special event.


    May 30, Saturday afternoon, from 3 – 6 PM, Children’s AppFest at the San Francisco.  Children welcome.

    May 31 – June 2nd Dust or Magic AppCamp 6, back at Asilomar in Monterey California.

    November 1 – 3  The 15th Annual Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media.

    All Dust or Magic Events share similar objectives:


    • To familiarize you with the key products of the year and to point out strengths and weaknesses.
    • To contribute to your personal definition of “dust” and “magic.”
    • To provide a review of the fundamental theories of child development in the context of emerging technologies such as multi-touch screens, physical computing, 3D and movement based interfaces.
    • To give you access to a library of current products for a hands-on experience.
    • To provide critical, honest, fair and open demonstrations of this year’s products, with room for discussion.
    • To help students of interactive design earn credit.
    • To provide an overview of the elements of successful design.
    • To help you meet and learn from others who are passionate about exploring the potential of interactive media for children.
    • To provide a comfortable, structured, relaxing experience.

    “Child development remains constant even as the context shifts wildly.”
    - David Kleeman


    Dust or Magic is produced by Children’s Technology Review. It has no affiliation with any hardware or software company; it is supported solely by registration fees. Read more about Dust or Magic’s history here.


  • Conference testimonials


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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurrican Edition

      Unique, inspiring, eye-opening. I would recommend anyone involved in the interactive space for kids to attend at least one. Thank you to everyone for sharing and being an inspiration.

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      Roby JohnCEO, TapToLearn, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      Thanks for a great first Dust or Magic. Made it totally worth flying all the way in from Mumbai.

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      Valerie ConnellDust or Magic 2010

      Top Notch conference with A-list attendees - a pleasure to be included with the best of the best!

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      Kate WilsonNosy Crow, Dust or Magic 2011

      Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key.

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      Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

      The best part is the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans.

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      Jens Peter de PedroPlay Designer, Toca Boca, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "If you are in Children's Interactive Media it's like coming to Church. You got to go for spiritual reasons. And it's only once a year!"

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      Scott Traylor, DM '13 Institute360KID

      "Dust or Magic Fall is a must attend event to help increase chances of making successful children's new media products."

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      Charity Gerbrandt, Creative Lead, Disney Club PenguinDM Institute '13

      So great to share with like-minded people in a low pressure, no drama environment. Great size, space and leadership.

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