Designing for Play (updated for Web Directions @media)

· Best Practices, Design, Events, Games, Information Architecture, long story short, Social Design, User Experience

I gave the latest version of my Designing for Play talk at the @media conference (now run by the amazing John Allsopp / Maxine Sherrin team famed for their other fantastic Web Directions events) in London two weeks ago and was very pleased with the comments and feedback I got.

The sage Scott Berkun even gave me a pat on the back, as well as some useful constructive criticism (I was saying “um” a lot, as the audio will no doubt reveal – this is something I’ve worked on eliminating but I think in this case it was a “tell” that I am still feeling my way through this train of thought.)

Anyway, here is the latest version of the slides:

Designing for Play slides from WebVisions 2010

· Design, Events, Patterns, Social Design, User Experience

Wow, WebVisions was amazing, as was Portland, and the hospitality of my friends there and the organizers of the conference. Thanks to everyone who made it possible! (I mean, Ukepalooza – say no more.)

Here are the slides from my talk, Designing for Play:

My talking head interview from O'Reilly booth at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, 2010

· Design, Social Design, User Experience

“Play allows me to think about how to get into the open part, the part you’re not going to control. How do you make that part work? You establish rules and goals, you borrow from game design, from musical instruments… and things that are playable”:

Designing for play at Ignite Bay Area

· Design, Information Architecture, Social Design, User Experience

Just got sent a link to all the videos from Ignite Bay Area last month.

Here’s my “Designing for Play” talk, a topic I’ll be exploring in greater depth at Web Visions, the Web 2.0 Expo, and Web Directions @media later this year:

There’ll be another Ignite in May coinciding with the Web 2.0 Expo, so get your submission in now.

The vision thing in Portland

· Design, Events, Social Design, User Experience

I’m pretty excited to be heading up to Portland for the first time to speak at Web Visions for the first time in May. Erin Malone and I will be doing our Designing Social Interfaces workshop (which includes learning and playing the Social Mania game), and I’ll be giving a talk on the subject of Designing for Play.

Here’s a little promo to whet your appetite:

WebVisions: Ten Years of Exploring the Future

…and even if the “visionary” thing is just a play on the name of the conference, well flattery will get you everywhere or at least it will get me to embed your video in my blog.