I’ve been working on some new ideas for toys and games, and put together a little event last week for people to come and have a play. I called it Proto Party 1 – hopefully this will be the first of many!
Feedback on fun
When designing for play, the single most important consideration is fun. And there’s no better way to find out if something’s fun than to make a prototype, put it in someone’s hands, stand back, and see what happens.
This was the first playtest of Something Something Color Game. A minimal, bare-bones prototype, but enough to play with and get a sense of how fun it was. Which it seemed to be. Good! More soon.
Watching & listening
I got a ton of useful feedback by asking people to write their thoughts down (or draw pictures!), but also by simply watching them. Do they smile? Laugh? Want another go immediately? If that happens, you know you’re on to something.
The Tune Zoo: Puppets
The Tune Zoo also made an appearance, both as the existing app, but also as a prototype physical/digital toy attached to a screen. Keen observers may spot the lineage of my Singing Sock Puppets… again, more soon!
It was a really fun (and massively useful) afternoon. Thanks again to everyone who came along and gave feedback on the prototypes, and to Mollie for the photography. See you at the next one!