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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    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 […]

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  • kurt squire

    Apr 29, 2009
    10:14 am

    Very nice! it works for me!

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    Jul 21, 2009
    9:20 am

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

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

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    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?

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    Jul 16, 2013
    1:13 pm

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    Jul 12, 2015
    4:08 am

    Thanks for creating A Model of Play, actually like it.

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