University of Twente Student Theses


The playfulness of Modsy

Mathijssen, O.P. (2021) The playfulness of Modsy.

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Abstract:Play is an important aspect of life. Playful behaviour might be a vital element in human creativity, learning, development and much more. Music production and performance is an activity that is highly intertwined with play behaviour and play might be essential in the successful creation or reproduction of music. This thesis will describe the design optimization of a tool that can be used during this process, the Modsy controller, with focus on one specific design aspect, its playfulness. This thesis will assess whether playfulness can effectively be used in the design of the Modsy controller and how this can impact the user experience with this controller. In this thesis report, a variety of literature related to playfulness and product design will be analysed. Thereafter, a theoretically more playful Modsy controller will be created through the use of the Creative Technology design process and eventually evaluated on its playfulness and user experience. Results of this evaluation suggest that the created prototype was only slightly more playful in form, not more playful in interaction and not directly positive for the user experience compared to the current Modsy controller. However, the potential of designing for playfulness has been established and its implementation remains very flexible. Future research could help to assess how this playfulness could alternatively be implemented in the design of the Modsy controller and provide value for the customers of Modsy.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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