design and play

I have always been interested in the concept of “play” and often feel that my best design work happens when I let go and simply “play” rather than focus on what needs to happen and expectations. “Play” seems to create the freedom and room for exploration and discovery. Perhaps it traces back to childhood memories and experiences of “play”. See the video below.

Teaching Design Play to Kids in Extreme Environments

Some of my favorite “play” activities as a child included ┬álegos, making stories, and dance.

What did you enjoy? Does it relate to the work you do as a designer? Does understanding “play” help create better educational opportunities?