Hi, halló, wilkommen, hej hej, olá etc
Thanks for joining us on this Very Special Episode. In this episode, Blossom will discover the – no sorry, wrong post. In this Very Special Blog Post, readers will discover a bunch of people who are going to talk at Playful 2013, some idea about what they’re going to talk about and some really important life lessons like Stay In School and Be Yourself.
We are properly excited about everyone that’s coming along so far, and ready to have our minds ripped wide open by the bloody marvellous things they have to say, so let’s get to it.
Jane ní Dhulchaointigh
Jane is an inventor. Not a mad one, not an evil one, just a straight up, classic inventor. She is responsible for creating Sugru – the wonderful rubbery fix-anything material – and, as CEO, has spent the last eight or so years helping people ‘hack things better’.
My bathroom floor would be a much wetter place if it weren’t for Jane, so I’m very pleased to have her talk this year.
You know Dan, right? Nice guy, big beard. Really big beard. Properly massive beard, down to here? Well, there’s also a brilliant brain behind those long flowing face-locks, one that juggles creative programming with art and stuff that pays the bills – previously for people like Flickr and the Guardian.
He’s going to be talking about trying to make the Most Perfect Snakes & Ladders Board Ever™, which involves lots of things like algorithms, time, and generating thousands and thousands of gameboards.
Ben is what happens when parents don’t tell you to stop playing with your food. Following roles in various restaurants – including River Cottage in Devon, and as Head Chef of Iglu in Edinburgh – he ended up doing a Bachelor’s thesis on ‘Flavour Exploration and Biotechnology in New Nordic Cuisine’.
Now, as Head of Culinary Research & Development at Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen, Ben’s whole life is about what can happen when you really muck about with food. He will be talking about his experiences and exploring the idea of play as vital to research.
Dani wears a couple of hats as Associate Editor of Oh, Comely magazine (an absolutely beautiful thing you should pick up if you get chance) and Head of Creative at Adeline Media. Her main bent, though, is fun. At Oh, Comely, Dani has been practising mischief as a way to create real user engagement and she will be talking about creative, positive mischief.
Well, what do you say? Stefanie’s been making some of the most beautiful graphics – across book covers, albums, apps and posters – over the past few years. More impressively, she uses data as a material in the creation of these works. She will be talking about her process, inspiration and whatever she wants because she’s ace.
John V Wilshire
John has a strong background in marketing and communications. Before founding Smithery, he managed accounts for global brands at Phd. These days, he plays about with the bits between physical and digital, consulting for large agencies to help them think smarter about how digital campaigns work in the physical world. He also doodles on a lot of Artefact cards. A lot.
He will be using his soothing Scottish brogue to talk about putting things in things and having form in form.
Playful this year will be hosted by one of our favourite people, the Boss of Tate Kids and other not-so-kids, Sharna Jackson.
Sharna is going to keep everyone in line, to time and happy, whilst doing various magic tricks, juggling kittens and reciting poetry about her boat. She hasn’t planned to do any of that, but she is bloody going to have to now.
THAT’S THAT FOR NOW.
There are less than ONE HUNDRED tickets left, so just ask yourself “is this something I can really bear to miss?“. Pretty sure the answer is NO, so sort yourself out and lean back, satisfied.
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Bye for now.