Ellis on playful living: "this is my personal library of what I've learnt so far while I'm still mischievously exploring..."

Ellis, applied game consultancy

This text is what I mean to express often…

15/04/2015 11:15

Someone special referred to me the link to this article with: “this is what you mean to say with play!”

And I am happy, because yes, exactly this is what I think is true, and what everybody recognises and agrees on being true, still not easy to not forget to play though…

Read this text please, since I seem not able to express these matters that well:
“The Case for Replacing Exercise with Play”
  by Zenhabits

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about play, Alice, english, favorite, habits

Play with your shade/play the city

08/04/2015 09:48

This is a very nice example of simple interaction with your environment and your personal presence in time….

“Shadowing gave memory to Bristol’s city lights, enabling them to record and play back the shadows of those who passed underneath.”

see the video >>
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art, english, play

Workshops menu (level up!)

07/04/2015 12:45

  • Level #1: Design your game
  • Level #2: Play a role (discuss who plays what role in which process and how and why ; ) This can be used personal, can be to define the organisation or to define the ‘perfect’ user, as in context mapping and user centred mapping
  • Measuring the process dynamics, the real one, the desired activities, the treshholds and opportunaties
  • Tension of the opposite cards on timeline
  • ‘Play the elements’ memory
  • Discuss and prioritise the elements
  • Level design (by Ilse Pouwels, student at TUe)
  • Design characters, the good the bad the ugly – build the storyline and narrative
  • Storytelling
  • Gamedesign canvas
  • Timeline design?
  • Balancing emotions
  • Makeplay level #3Redesign this game and play (game designers)


  • Marshmellow challenge


about play, Alice, english, event, favorite, magic circle, serious

is digital creativity in education lacking?

31/03/2015 17:30

An interesting article: “How are we supporting young digital makers?

…Times are changing, and kids and students use all digital media different, exploration, creation and understanding should be provided in education, and us teachers are skilled to provide and enable these, even-though we might seem “old”, “behind” and for sure differently skilled in this digital age maybe, but we are able to explore, discover and learn together. Schools, teachers, parents, students and children all play a role in our current and future education and society… let’s talk, discuss, explore and play more!


about play, educational

Pure play….

30/03/2015 13:00

This girl is 8 years old and capable of this performance… when I watched this… I could see how much she has been exploring with her body and the pole, in a playful, explorative and experimenting way, she enjoyed is and is enjoying it, pure play, the result, the proces, the performance.. so great to watch!


about play, play

Seeing the bigger picture in play

24/03/2015 17:01

This article inspired me: “42 Benefits of Doing Jigsaw Puzzles – Thinking Skills and Problem Solving” to write this:

“I love it when a plan comes together”

…we say we hate clichés, but we actually love these, and we love the moment when we recognise these. Because it reinforces our learnings and it builds our trust in many things to be what they are, so we can (at least believe) we have some kind of control on the world around us. The more patterns we recognise the least new unexpected and maybe scary things surround us, so we feel in comfort in recognition. Read more


about play, Alice, design thinking, favorite, psychology

Other ways to apply game(ification) elements

06/03/2015 09:03

Octalysis is another way to approach to frame game design and interaction design, very much worth the while to look into too. However the practical implementation of these, and the diversity of your players or focus group is still to be taken in careful account when designing play: Octalysis


about play, design thinking, english

Game design workshop at Hanze Hogeschool

03/03/2015 12:09

A class full of international students “Game On!” in Groningen at Hanzehogeschool, creating and talking about games, with of-course Pacman as the main topic to discuss game elements and the magic of play. Read more


design thinking, educational, english, event, magic circle, pacman, play

“Play as need”

28/02/2015 20:45

A Dutch tv program: “De Kennis van nu” (the knowledge of now) on the importance of play, how research has shown the great importance of play, by animals, human: “De kennis van nu, spelen is van levensbelang” (in dutch)

See also the TED by Peter Gray on the importance of play: The decline of play


about play, movie, play

Who is Ellis?

21/02/2015 13:04

Who is Ellis? I like to see this necklace as a representative of Ellis, in a magical circle, alone, but not lonely, in a world which is hers and she belongs to, sharing thoughts, ideas and love. What she gives, she get’s in return circular.

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Alice, art, favorite