This week our Project Blog focuses on PlayFinders, an online database of traditional games that aims to keep a record of traditional play, and share new games around the world and for generations to come.
We got involved in this exciting and unique project through Paul Drury, PlayFinder’s creator. Over the years, we’ve worked together on a number of projects, so it was a natural fit to get involved with PlayFinders.
The idea for PlayFinders came about as a response to the British Council’s Elevate Challenge, which questioned what we could do to get children around the world playing non-digital games. The challenge was mainly aimed at East Asia and Japan, where digital gaming is deeply entrenched, but the idea also had international potential.
Over the last few years, Blueprint Film have been doing all kinds of similar projects. Our workshops with young people focus on education and real life interaction, while also keeping things fun! As well as this we’ve had a lot of opportunities to explore our online digital side developing our Hippo and the Leper app, as well as the multiple Hidden Histories projects. As you know if you’ve been keeping up with our exploits online, the development of the Hidden Histories app gave us lots of experience in web design and development, so after the success of those projects we were excited to start on something new.
Our first role was the design and development of the site and user interface. PlayFinders’ content can be uploaded and viewed by anyone around the world, so we needed to find a way of doing this that was simple and easy to follow. Another key feature of the PlayFinders site is its dynamic search function, which allows parents and teachers to search more specifically for the type of game they’re after. This works via a tagging system.
All of these functions had to be straightforward and intuitive. In addition, the site itself had to visually reflect the spirit and personality of PlayFinders. We used bright, opposite colours and round buttons to relate to the theme of children’s play, and also to make the website clear and easy to read. We think the final product is a strong, fun, visually appealing site which makes it easy to search for and find different games. Check out the site here!
Now we are partners in PlayFinders, and helping to grow the service with more plans, including mobile apps, education and community outreach programmes! We’re also planning to drum up some more funding so that PlayFinders can become the global service it has the potential to be.
Finally, after all everyone’s hard work, we held a launch event! Paul and Darren both talked about PlayFinders, its aims and its exciting future plans. Turnout was great and everyone seemed interested and excited in the project – and that was before the pizza came! Here are some pictures from the event.