Inspirational Online Design Platform
PolyPlay Web is the digital version of an education unit, consultancy office, and research lab. In 2004 PolyU Design opened the Toy Design Lab to investigate the realities of the toy industry, one of HK's top three export industries in terms of revenue. In 2007 it was renamed PolyPlay Lab as it extended its research scope to explore how play could enhance design education, practice, and research. The lab fosters from within HK a culture of innovation embracing creativity, technology, and communication to support the design community.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
PolyPlay Web is an online inspirational platform promoting innovative experimental approaches to design. It showcases Hong Kong's creative potential, facilitating the Made in Hong Kong to HK-designed paradigm shift in value perception. It is used to inspire students, extol innovative approaches, inform research, commercialize projects, and foster industry collaborations.
PolyPlay investigates the relevance of play to design practice, exploration, education, and research. If design shapes culture, and if as Huizinga suggests culture is the outcome of play, then the multiple links imaginable between Play and Design become apparent. Taking cues from research experiments in design for play, we use play, and toy design practices to inform better design practices. The website was used in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design as a means to inspire and inform young designers on better toy design practices. A number of designs were licensed to manufacturers and awards were received.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Important note to viewers
Browsing PolyPlay contents
The platform's simple design facilitates easy project browsing. Playwork category drop-down menu leads to playwork projects. Each playwork project may belong to multiple categories.
Full website content viewing
Full website content guest viewing requires an access code (i.e. full viewing password), as some of its content needs copyright protection.
Guest viewing process is a below:
Guest viewing request
1. Go to http://polyplay.hk/
2. Click GUEST VIEWING on landing page
3. Click please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Fill GUEST VIEWING REQUEST form at http://www.polyplay.hk/login/login.php
5. Click SUBMIT
PolyPlay shall provide you with access code to the website within the next few hours.
1. Go to http://polyplay.hk/
2. On landing page click GUEST VIEWING
3. Enter access code 6BTD4NTUFF7TYWCB in access code box
4. Tick I'm not a robot box
5. Click SUBMIT
Please note the access code [6BTD4NTUFF7TYWCB] is valid until April 16th, 2017, 7pm Hong Kong time. Should you wish to extend review of the entry and need a password please send a guest viewing request at http://www.polyplay.hk/login/login.php
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September 2012 and was completed in June 2014. It was launched at the International Toy Research Association 7th World Congress in Portugal July 24th, 2014. On January 14th, 2015, at the invitation of Hong Kong Trade & Development Council, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and the Toy Manufacturers Association of Hong Kong, it was presented to the international toy industry community at the 2015 Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference Evolution of Toy Industry. The project was Awarded the Japan Institute for Design Promotion 2015 Good Design Award, aka the G-Mark.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The PolyPlay Web showcases over 150 design projects conceived for or informed by play. Curation of Playworks resulted in a bottom-up natural emergence of 9 Design Play categories. Full Guest Viewing of contents necessitates an access code. Interested browsers may request a temporary access code by completing an online form available on the website's landing page.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The PolyPlay Web online inspirational design platform showcases over 150 design projects, papers, conference presentations, exhibition accounts, awards, and reviews.
Design Thinking, Design Education, Design for Play, Creative Design
PolyPlay Web showcases experimentation carried out in teaching, research, and consultancy, making apparent relationships between play, design, and education. Contending that if design shapes culture, and considering Huizinga's contention that culture is the outcome of play; the platform reveals the multiple links imaginable between play and design, and demonstrates how play theory and toy design practices inform design. It helps designers seeking to enrich awareness of the cultural relevance of their practice through the lens of play; and play academics working to expand their perspective on play's cultural agency by bridging their field to design.
PolyPlay's approach includes user-as-player-centered research probes; creative techniques borrowed from conceptual, outsider, and pop art; experimental creative processes such as Hackshops; critical analysis of interactivity conventions; appreciation of traditional and contemporary objects; and communication tactics inspired by poetry and humor. It showcases over 150 playworks categorized along 9 branches of play. Curation is based on a natural emergence of trends shaped over the years by student preferences, who are encouraged to play with industry codes to nurture personal perspectives.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Project Leader: Rémi Leclerc, Designer: Mo Chung Yan, Webmasters: Rex Kwong Man Him and Content Manager: Catherine Fung Shuk Ting
Rémi Leclerc, 2016.
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