Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2010 Vol.3, No.1

 

 

Title: Redefining toys, games and entertainment products by teaching about playful interactions

 

Author: Tilde Bekker, Caroline Hummels, Sam Nemeth, Philip Mendels

 

Addresses:
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands.
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands.
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands.
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands

 

Abstract: This paper describes how students are taught to design (computer) games and toys in a broad sense of the word at the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The curriculum is highly project driven, which means that students acquire a large amount of hands-on experience during concrete projects. One major theme within the department is the design of playful interactions, which focuses on the design of innovative concepts that support expressing oneself and exploration. In this theme, we design for opportunities and exploration instead of goal-oriented products. Our educational approach is illustrated with examples both from an assignment on game design and design projects on playful interaction.

 

Keywords: play; user-centred design; design for children; locative games; storytelling; open-ended play; competency centred learning; toy design education; toys; entertainment products; playful interactions.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2010.030491

 

Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2010 Vol.3, No.1, pp.17 - 35

 

Available online: 18 Dec 2009

 

 

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