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Shifting from Gamification to Playful Design

This is a lightly edited transcript of a short lecture I delivered some time ago at an off-site gathering organized by one of NL’s largest construction-services businesses. The event explored the potential of games, game design and gamification for property development and construction. This talk creates a common frame of understanding about gamification and why […]

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New Planning Methods

This is a writeup of my talk at the event ‘Nieuwe Planningsmethoden‘ (‘New Planning Methods’) in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam on October 8, 2015. Hello. My name is Kars Alfrink. I am a designer and partner at Hubbub, a small playful design agency, based in Utrecht and Berlin. Hubbub helps organisations do things with games, […]

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Designing Playful Museum Exhibitions

In February of this year I went over to Reinwardt Academy to work with exhibition direction students. I was invited by Mario Jellema to share my perspective on the role of play and playfulness in museums. I enjoy talking to students, but I like working hands-on with them even more. So we turned the session […]

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Highlights from Play Matters

In my review of Play Matters I talked about why I think it is a must-read for any designer. I thought I’d follow that up with some highlights from the book. These are mostly from the first two chapters. Miguel first talks about what play is. He offers a minimal definition which states that play […]

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Play Matters

When Miguel Sicart’s Play Matters was published in August of last year it immediately went on my to-read list but it took me a while before picking it up. When I did I was immediately hooked. Not since The Well-Played Game have a I come across such a thoughtful treatment of play. Play Matters is […]

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An Outline of Playful Design

In the summer of last year we announced a new direction for the studio, which boils down to us no longer framing our work as game design, but as playful design. We are interested in designing a wide range of playthings, and we are also interested in designing things that aren’t primarily meant for play […]

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