Priyanka has a great summary here and here of Playful, which I went to as well last Friday, so this post won’t be a summary of the event – more an observation of the stuff that I liked from the event.
First, the Playful newspaper, which was put together by the Newspaper Club people, Russell and Ben. It had, among other things, bios of the speakers and a section next to them for notes, which I faithfully put to good use, as you can see above. Very neat idea.
Second, Wordr, which is a sort of one-word Twitter (uses the Twitter API). I like the fact that people make up words – that’s such a fun thing to do. I’ve invented ‘pluggy’ and ‘growlsome’ so far. Nonsensical to some but meaningful to me!
I really really want to read Leila Johnston’s ‘Enemy of Chaos‘ now. She spoke at Interesting too and though I was keen on reading it then, I’m even more keen now. Sounds like exactly the kind of book I would fall off the chair laughing with.
The Snowflake project from the Tinker.it! team looked really cool and I wish I had the chance to play with it when it was going on in January. Basically passers-by could tap their Oyster card on to the reader and see what kind of snowflake they were. Here’s a quick video that shows you what I mean.
Russell’s talk on how pretending lends a whole new perspective to your world made me want to be a kid again. I also went and spent some time on Noticings on Flickr after his talk, a game for people who notice stuff around them. I’m always clicking pictures of random things so I really should give it a go.
That’s about it for now.