Paper & Play


The sound of paper

1. Research into the theme of ‘Play’ mainly resulted in theories on child education, how children learn through play and by interacting with one another.
2. Considering ‘play’ in the context of design, the word play was interpreted as experimentation and discovery through practice.
3. Design is constantly evolving through creative thinking, collaboration, making and through reflection.
4.  Generally looking at invention, creativity and the emotions play can invoke.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity” Albert Einstein

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web” Pablo Picasso

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world” Malcolm Gladwell

YouTube Links

How many art directors does it take to change a light bulb
Mandy Smith is a paper artists and talks about happiness in returning to experimenting with making things in paper and how experimenting (playing with paper has led her to a new and enriching career)

Post-it note office
This YouTube link is a playful collaborative experiment using post-it notes.
Post-it notes were invented by accident and experimentation. Spencer Silver an employee of 3M invented the low tack adhesive by accident whilst attempting to develop a strong adhesive.
Hiskey, Daven. Today I Found Out ‘Post-it Notes Were Invested by Accident’

Post-it note animation
A playful experimentation with animation through playing with post-it notes.

10 things you can do with a piece of paper
This short YouTube video shows the potential of how paper can be crafted into three-dimensional forms.

Shigeru Bank: Emergency shelters made from paper
Shigeru Bank is an architect who has been experimenting with designing sustainable, eco-logical buildings made from cardboard tubes and paper.

The Science of LEGO Serious Play, Executive Discovery,
‘Lego Serious Play, is an ongoing collaboration of /scientists, researchers, business consultants, and practicing managers, dedicated to improving business performance’. This publication presents research that emphasizes the value of play in unleashing creativity, the theories touched on in this paper are easily applied to the value of experimentation and play in creativity and design. ‘When we “think through our fingers” we release creative energies, modes of thought, and ways of seeing things that may have otherwise never be tapped.’

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