summaery2022: Projects

Open Lab Night | Let’s have fun – exploring playfulness in interaction design

Project information

submitted by
Michaela Honauer

Sreyoshi Dutta, Josephin Kröger, Urszula Kulon, Ekaterina Ladokhina, Irene López García, Faezeh Mansourkhaki, Isaiah Lenwrick Mc Clean, Mufleha Ovais, Luca Schreiber

Michaela Honauer, Eva Hornecker

Architecture and Urbanism,
Art and Design,

Degree programme:
MediaArchitecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Product Design (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)),
Human-Computer Interaction (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation

Summer semester 2022

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Schwanseestraße 143 - S143
    (1st floor, room 2.40)

attractive to children

Project description

Playing is fun, everyone likes it. But what makes us enjoy playing? What means 'to play'? What is 'playfulness'? Can we design better products if we base interaction concepts on aspects of playfulness? In this course, we engage with such questions, critically discuss different perspectives and try to find meaningful answers.

We explore playfulness in interaction design by re-designing well-known everyday objects, creating new playful applications, and conducting small studies to understand empirically what characterizes playfulness. In parallel to developing a first-person perspective on the topic, we likewise engage with existing literature in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, design research and other related areas. We look at other playful examples and search for our own concept ideas that exemplify playful interactions.

Nine students from different countries and backgrounds participate in this project. They are enrolled in three different study programmes across three faculties. The interdisciplinary exchange is crowned by five different projects:
– Rhyme Times
– PR22
– Lucky Cookbook
– Wall of Fun
– A remote meal together

Email: michaela.honauer[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location