Germany, Weimar

Homo Ludens: Product Design Tools for Play

when 4 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Games are with us since the day we are born. We learn through games and play to understand the world and make sense of it. Discover the importance of having the right tools for play like a good chess set or a good deck of cards and then develop your own tools for play and play strategies, games &/or activities.

At the beginning we will introduce you to the history of games and show you examples and varieties of popular and iconic games (e.g. Bauhaus chess, One World Futbol) followed by excursions to the »Deutsche Spielzeugstraße« and a design thinking workshop to get the ideas flowing. You will then have time to develop your own idea and put your knowledge into practice by handcrafting your own game (e.g. woodcraft, papercraft, textile).

Course leader

Matthew Burger & Georg Milde

Target group

For designers, artists, architects as well as creative and curious applicants of all areas. No prior design experience and/or training is necessary, however, a basic knowledge in drawing might be helpful.

The ideal participant:

• should know how to sketch
• has a good workshop & material knowledge
• has sharp observation skills & senses
• is eager to go beyond the known
• is open minded and always curious

Course aim

During this course you will learn to formulate your own goal in the broader topic of homo-ludens. You will be shown tools to structure your thoughts and derive meaningful ideas from them (design thinking). You will challenge the world of play and games and create your own interpretation of your insight.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee for students is 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar