Designing aesthetics for play(fulness)

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Legaard, Jesper Falck
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Design School Kolding
Section: Design Studies
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


Whilst aesthetics in a general sense has often been a subject for research, there is less research on how aesthetics more specifically relates to play and playfulness in experiences. In this paper I make a connection between the aesthetics of a product and play(ful) experiences, relating principles for aesthetic expression to a classification of six different play forms. Using the aesthetic principles as guidelines can enhance the playfulness of the resulting experience, and furthermore nudge the user towards specific types of play/playful experiences, for instance in relation to learning.

Keywords: play, design creativity, experience design, aesthetics


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