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Monster blocks

Product design, Child Culture Design

Monster blocks is a university project by a group of 3 designers. The task is to choose a piece of artwork in the museum of Gothenburg and add play elements to make it children friendly.

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We choose the tiles of Ishtar and Maduk. Although they lacked content, we felt they had the potential to mediate deeper engagement with children. Our initial inspiration is to create a narrative and storytelling through play; we were also interested in how objects can become mediators to create dialogues and trigger interest in children.

The outcome contains two parts- wooden feet and soft blocks. it creates a fixed but open-ended frame to invite children to explore the area and art piece through play.

2020.09-2020.10

Groupwork by

Chelsea.Wang, Luisa Fazio, and Betty Wallingford

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THE TILES OF
ISHTAR AND MADUK

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GOTHENBURG MUSEUM

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Different materials were experimented with to make it approachable and loveable for children, including wood, transparent textured soft plastic, foam balls, fabric and cotton. In the end we decided to use fabric with a black print for the shell and fill it with cotton.

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We wanted to make the product as simple as possible so that it would have the capacity to carry more imagination from children. The involvement of children allows the project to be extended and developed, either as a secondary display to engage children with specific exhibits, or as a workshop tool for children to tell their own stories.

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This is the actual size scale of the products, they should be able to be placed like this in front of the corresponding exhibits. The children can interact with them freely. They can assemble, move, even lie on them or drill around.

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Monster blocks
University project in CCD