“When you’re a designer who’s been working on a project for a year or two, it’s very easy to think things are intuitive or obvious that are actually totally incomprehensible.”
Theresa Neil applies a common concern in video game design to mobile app design: tutorials and onboarding. The article and the video she bases her argument on outline five dos and don’ts of tutorials. The video describes a good tutorial thusly: you don’t remember it.
Designing tutorials for children is even more difficult that the mobile apps Neil describes, though the video assures us that it is possible. It just takes more time and careful consideration. Even if you can’t use text or complex audio lines, the five principles still apply.