PLEX Cards: A source of inspiration when designing for playfulness

Andrés Lucero*, Juha Arrasvuori

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Playfulness can be observed in all areas of human activity. It is an attitude of making activities more enjoyable. Designing for playfulness involves creating objects that elicit a playful approach and provide enjoyable experiences. In this paper we introduce the design and evaluation of the PLEX Cards and its two related idea generation techniques. The cards were created to communicate the 22 categories of a Playful Experiences framework to designers and other stakeholders who wish to design for playfulness. We have evaluated the practical use of the cards by applying them in three design cases. The results show that the PLEX Cards are a valuable source of inspiration when designing for playfulness and the techniques help create a large amount of ideas in a short time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFun and Games 2010 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fun and Games
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1595930361, 9781595930361
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Fun and Games - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 15 Sep 201017 Sep 2010
Conference number: 3


ConferenceInternational Conference on Fun and Games
Abbreviated titleFun and Games


  • card
  • design methods
  • inspiration
  • playfulness
  • workshop

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