In location-based games, location is everything. Construction, a cold front or finals week could entirely derail you. A parade, an unusual character in a storefront or a sunny spring day could make your game the memorable, wonderful thing that people talk about for years.The video game Zelda will be the same Zelda in any environment-[...]
Gamification and Democracy.
Here’s a confession. I’m having a love-hate relationship with Gamification at the moment. When I first came across the idea, I thought “brilliant” – make dull things fun by turning them into games, or game-like by incorporating the “mechanics” you find in games. Dullest of the dull is housework so you might find[...]
As you may have already gathered this edition of ¡Design Thinkers! is a special on ‘gamification’. Over the past year or so its a word that has been gaining popularity and even breaking into everyday lingo for many. However, it’s not fully clear what it actually means or what impact it may (or may not)[...]
Lining up at the supermarket checkout waiting to buy the shopping, I look in my trolley and see around 50 items. I wonder who put them there and how he chose them. I know I physically took the items off the shelves and put them in the trolley, but I have no idea of why[...]
In the last few years the term ‘co-design’ has cropped up more and more in design circles and even in popular culture to the extent I would say it qualifies for the term ‘zeitgeist’. Like every new term it initially struggled for a definition being mixed with similar areas such as participatory design, co-discovery and[...]
For some it was the season to be merry, for others it was the time for coughs and sneezes. Whilst looking for comfort in my local chemist I was struck by the bewildering array of medicines on offer and an idea for a small experiment came to me. So here it is, the first experiment[...]
“Cloud computing represents the next frontier” – Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft
The term cloud computing has been around for a while now and we have been getting used to key people telling us it’s a really big deal. The idea that our data will no longer be held on our personal computers but instead be stored[...]
This article is about Design and Psychoanalysis, empathy, shopping to recapture your lost mum, Google as your mythical dad and Volvo as your mummy’s womb.
Crowdsourcing has created dramatic results in aidwork and commercial enterprises and it’s now knocking on the door of design and raises the question of can crowdsourcing be a valuable method to commission effective creative services?