The Play Element on Interactive Designs: From the Perspective of Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga

By Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng.

Published by The Design Collection

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This research integrated three essential elements of the game design discipline with the visual interactive design, which are challenge, fantasy and curiosity to generalize the concept of play-element on interactive design into three categories.

a) Fun play: No specific meaning behind its play interaction, meanly the concept of fun is in used. It could contain the element of challenge, fantasy or curiosity.
b) Cultural play: Based on the cultural theme as the main design material to integrate with play element on the interactive design. Normally it applies the game element of curiosity.
c).Visual play: Visual stimulation as the design concept only, and transmits the design application of fantasy purely.

The objective of this research is to analyze the application of effected communication, and the correlation between the theme of interactive project and the three play-elements on interactive design, so that the research result will able to help the designers or students in designing the interactive website while contributing to the concept of inspiration and creative reference.

Keywords: Visual Design, Interactive Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.59-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 685.660KB).

Dr. Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng

Assistant Professor, The Department of Information Communication, YuanZe University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

“Throughout the life of art creation, countless ups, downs and unpredictable variables await; the constant pursuit of breakthroughs for exceeding thyself will therefore never end. Creating art, writing and educating young people are the three elements that enrich my life. The creation of art allows me to communicate with my own soul and to inspire ideas in me about every trifle in my life. Writing to me is a way of simmering down and sorting out my thoughts. As far as I’m concerned, educating young people is like a farmer irrigating the seedlings. It requires all-time patience and commitment. Although the fruitage might not be perfect, it is definitely worth committing oneself to educating our younger generations.” Cheng is a Taiwanese New Media artist, Designer, researcher and writer based in Sydney and Taipei. She completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Australian National University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has edited a series of books and papers on New Media Art and contributed to various exhibitions.


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