Mar 11, 2008

Concept Map: A Model of Play

Created in collaboration with Satoko Kakihara, Jack Chung, and Paul Pangaro.

This model is built on the idea that play is a type of conversation. It involves two individuals, who might also be teams, or points of view with in a single person, or a virtual person and a real person. Through conversation, they create a shared world in their imaginations, which leads to fun.

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  • A model of play - Playful Design

    Dec 11, 2008
    2:04 pm

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    Apr 15, 2009
    5:42 pm

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  • [...] A Model of Play is a fascinating poster (available as a PDF or as images) that takes what seems like a very game-grammar point of view on the concept of play — even freeform play. In play, one of the primary goals is to have fun — to continue engaging in the conversation that creates fun. Individuals choose the means for achieving that goal; they choose the topic of conversation, for example, which game to play. Within a topic, they choose different strategies and pursue a series of sub-goals, adjusting means according to their effectiveness. Goals and sub-goals and associated means form a tree (or web) of possibilities for action. [...]

  • workspace » A Model of Play

    Apr 21, 2009
    5:09 pm

    [...] is a small chunk from Dubberly Design Office’s Model of Play, available as large PDF poster or as step-by-step explanation of the model. Nice. This model is [...]

  • | Superlevel

    Apr 27, 2009
    12:01 pm

    [...] A Model of Play games design [...]

  • kurt squire

    Apr 29, 2009
    10:14 am

    Very nice! it works for me!

  • The Concept of Play «

    Jul 21, 2009
    9:20 am

    [...] You can find their concept model and accompanying notes here – [...]

  • Concept Maps « My PhD Blog

    Sep 6, 2009
    5:04 pm


  • [...] other one is A Model of Play (on the website you can get the poster as large PDF and also as step-by-step [...]

  • maryori

    Dec 23, 2010
    2:07 pm

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  • Jose

    Dec 6, 2011
    6:27 pm

    does this only apply for collective play? what about individual play?

  • [...] finally, if you just want to explore these issues in a handy diagram, there’s this infographic tweeted by Lumb: A Model of Play – Dubberly Design [...]

  • A Model of Play // SWEAT

    Jul 16, 2013
    1:13 pm

    [...] A Model of Play created by the Dubberly Design Office in collaboration with Satoko Kakihara, Jack Ch…. click through for downloadable PDF. [...]

  • Isidro

    Oct 31, 2014
    10:29 pm

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