The Rules We Break

The Rules We Break : Play games. Solve problems. Design better.

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Games and exercises to help designers understand how people think, how systems work, and how a design process can unfold.

Exercises in Play, Systems, and Design is a collection of hands-on, real-world exercises for designers of all kinds. Games and play can help designers understand how people think, how systems work, and how a design process can unfold. The exercises are sometimes played on a tabletop, and sometimes are physical and social games, but they are all thought-provoking and (of course!) very fun to play. The book is divided into three sections, games that can be played in 30 minutes, 2 hours, and a day or more. They are valuable for anyone who wants to know more about how people think, how systems work, how to create meaningful experiences, and how to redesign the world for the better.

Short, inspirational essays begin each section, where readers learn about productive collaboration, creative problem solving, how to communicate ideas, and analyzing how systems work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 16mm | 675.85g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1648960677
  • 9781648960673
  • 28,515

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"The Rules We Break is a handbook for the 21st century, where play just happens to be a serious way to learn about--and change--the systems that impact our lives."
- Colleen Macklin, game designer and associate professor of media design at Parsons The New School for Design
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About Eric Zimmerman

Eric Zimmerman is a game designer and Professor of Game Design at the NYU Game Center, a program he helped design at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
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