Do you like to fidget, pace when you talk on the phone or doodle? You are not alone. Everyone has their own way of releasing excess energy and creativity at work and in life. As designers we are keenly aware of these behaviors and often encourage them. Sometimes creativity depends on it!
The story of my interest in how adults play started a while back when my mom suggested I design ‘a playground for adults’. She had seen our most recent project (our Playscape Cubes for Camden pictured below) and thought this could be a product for kids of all ages. Sometimes it’s hard to listen objectively to your mother, but for some reason this particular conversation struck a chord. I recognized that most people like to play no matter how old they are. There are simply not enough ‘safe’ spaces and tools for doing so. A few lucky people, including acrobats and performers continue “playing” throughout their entire lives. They know that the secret to their creative endeavors is the physical exertion and the training of the mind that play requires.