Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.

Raul Gutierrez kicked off CreativeMornings/NewYork for 2014, taking the stage in January to speak on the theme of Childhood. The theme couldn’t have been a better fit for the founder and CEO of Tinybop, a company which specializes in designing mobile apps for children.

Raul shares his childhood and how the meaning of childhood has changed over the years. The one thing that has rung true, however, is the construction of childhood, how those formative experiences influence a person and impact their development into their adult selves. Raul shares his view and how that view informs the way Tinybop creates apps for children—in a way that encourages exploration. Says Raul: “We hope the results are educational, fun and a little bit weird.”

About the speaker

Raul Gutierrez is the founder and CEO of Tinybop, the Brooklyn-based design studio. Tinybop brings together researchers, artists, and engineers to build digital toys that delight and educate children. Their award-winning app, The Human Body, has been recognized by Fast Company, Wired, Common Sense Media, teachers, and countless parents for its play-based approach to educational application design. The first in a series, The Human Body has been downloaded 4.9 million times and was featured as an App Store Best of 2013.

Before forming Tinybop in 2012, Raul had a 20-year career at the intersection of technology and the arts: from working at Paramount Pictures for producer Scott Rudin to designing large-scale web campaigns for movie studios and building the first incarnation of the art site 20x200. He’s also a photographer, occasional blogger, and collector of unusual objects. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Tinybop’s next children’s apps will be available in spring 2014.

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I polled one of my kid's class about what they wanted as gifts for the holidays and 27 out of 28 said they wanted iPads or iPhones—and most of those kids already had iPads and iPhones. They just wanted the newer one! — Raul Gutierrez

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