Play to create

What did you play as child?

Do you still tend to play – even if you are not among children or childish people?

To practice a playful attitude – my advice is simply to do something different. Something unexpected. But how often does that comes to chance?

For myself I like to dress up – the reason for this is of course that I am a woman who sometimes goes out for a concert, a dinner or to dance. But I also fancy dressing up – when it is not expected. Especially if I am out to do a presentation to someone, who by my costume (hopefully) remembers my message.

Recently Design Camp 2013 was held at my former Design School in Kolding as a three week seminar to emphasize play in design. Unfortunately I could not be there – as I had to organize and facilitate the Startup Weekend Health Copenhagen at Danish Design Center (of course dressed up as a nurse!)
I really wanted to attend the Design Camp as I think the topic play is spot on. So therefore I enjoy reading the Design Camp 2013 published outcome.

The topic seems to be quite hot as Tim Brown (CEO IDEO) popped up in my LinkedIn news stream today, claiming “That the secret to innovation – is to think like a kid”.

I like that thought. Especially because it fosters anyone to do something unexpected, new and different to make change!

Recently I mentioned the IDEO Kelly brothers, who published their book on creative confidence. Quoted in Browns article their advice is: “The best way to gain confidence in your creative ability is through action, taken one step at a time.” My advice would be to dress up, to act a little bit different the next time you have the chance…


Rune (Principal at The European College of Innovation) and I – ready to present tools to spark the innovative mind-set at Startup Weekend Health Copenhagen 1 – 3 of November at Danish Design Center.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

what katie made next.

a PhD student exploring hearing aids, agency and super normal design.

Chloe Meineck

Social Designer and Inventor

sarah kettley

craft and design research

Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog is a digital youth culture magazine dedicated to your stories and ideas.

Lab for Social Design - BLOG

Design School Kolding

Designing Happiness

creating products that embody happiness strategies, to be used in everyday life

TED Blog

The TED Blog shares news about TED Talks and TED Conferences.

I think ∴ I design

random ramblings of a PhD student turned design praxis nomad


Joining material experts from around the world to share their knowledge on material innovation.

Object Thinking

considering product culture

UX think

Considering humanness in online service design and delivery

Design Research Portal

Netweaving the global design community since 2013. Contact me at comments if you want to post any article here at the portal (english or spanish)

Optimal Performance Consultants Blog

News in Ergonomics, Accessibility and Disability

Interact 2013 workshop

Participatory Design for Persons with Cognitive or Sensory Impairments

Innovation through Design

Exploring the potential for design to act as a catalyst for innovation and growth.

Happy Help

tactile emotion

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

%d bloggers like this: