Tools¹ to play² – Toys³ to work⁴ with⁵
Take a tool and (un)follow the instructions
Tools: something that helps you to do a particular activity
Play: spend time doing an enjoyable and/or entertaining activity
Toys: object to play with
Work: be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a result; do work.
With: accompanied by (another person or thing).
What other notions of relationships could be approached?
What are you curious to explore in a tool?
Have you ever startetd a staring contest with yourself?
You can use tools everywhere and every time. You can be inspired by this tools or make your own one.
What tool can you imagine?
What are the features, quirks and glitches?
How would it be used and by whom?
How do the tools of our emerging tool ecology relate to each other?
Can a strategy come from another place than the absence of something?
They activate body and mind in different ways, from walking and boxing, to writing and listening. They are invitations to transform yourself into an octopus, to have a staring contest with yourself, or to mess around like a child. They ask you to get lost by, for instance, cleaning a very persistent stain or following a complete stranger.
Everything is to be documented.
Everything is recorded in text, pictures or sound
and archived for all to see.
Conversations, thoughts, planning,
communication with the outside,
meetings or sources of inspiration for example.
Dropbox folders or Google Docs can be created to which everyone has access.
have access to.
Nothing should be deleted.
Files are moved to archives instead of
deleted. Text passages are
crossed out or commented on instead of
Individual voices should not be
A method is defined to make the different voices recognisable.
to make the different voices recognisable.
For example handwriting: writing in different colours
thoughts and uncertainties should be
be introduced into the text.
Common documents are not seen as being set in stone, but rather
as being in process and subject to change.
The material is left open for returns
returns, so it does not necessarily fit into a linear
into a linear
narrative structure and
and in this way makes the process visible. Notes
take on a dialogical form, that is,
questions are asked and statements
questions are asked and statements commented on.
Instead of having to come to a consensus,
contradictions are left unresolved.
In design research, understanding how people think is far more useful than simply what they think.
When working in foreign cultures, this can be incredibly challenging. Without sharing the same cultural,
religious and linguistic backgrounds, it’s critical to spend extra time understanding how and why people make decisions. In these circumstances,
I often use visual mapping — a simple but powerful research tool.