Lets Play!

Researcher, studying peoples play in public place.


In designing play in public places the same game can spur many different ways to play it, and the same activity can be experienced differently by different players, and even differently on different occasions for the same player. In this work a design framework to be used as a lens towards understanding the design of playful activities in public places has been developed. The framework focuses on the player perspective, offering game design as an invitation and encouragement to engage in certain activities.

The work consists of the framework 'From Activity to Experience' (FAtE), and the Concept of Playful Engagement.

The framework distinguishes between design at three levels: the designed construct, the activity that is going on, and the experiences created during and after playing.

The concept op 'playful engagement' delimits the use of the framework to playful situations, describing this as a social contract with an intrinsic value of play.

The framework has been explored in: