We are a youth ministry which engages students age 11-18. We have three separate youth gatherings...one for 6th grade, one for junior high, and one for senior high. These students are like any other teenagers you see. They love having fun, talking, hanging out and they have all the latest technology.
Like I said, this isn't your grandmother's church, so our students are all on Facebook (who isn't, right?), most have cell phones, and they are up on all the latest music, movies and media.
As far as design goes, they are attracted to colorful, layered, complex images that make them zoom in closer to see all the layers. Although mystery puzzles them, it also engages them, so they ask many questions as they wrestle with deeper meaning and hunger for truth and purpose.