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Game Mechanics: How "Playful" Design & UX Create Stronger User Engagement

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Carolyn Chandler will discuss how play isn't just for kids and heavy gamers. Anyone with a FourSquare account knows that - and the stickiness of a badge and a leaderboard. But a good, playful user experience isn't about those surface elements either- it's about creating an environment with well-understood rules, meaningful objectives, and a sense of fun. Whether you're trying to encourage people - or yourself - to save money or to lose weight, a focus on game mechanics and play could be trump card you're looking for.

In this session we'll discuss case studies in playful design, to show how it's been used for a variety of goals:

Connecting customers with brands by providing a story they can
participate in Engaging children in self-motivated learning, at ages where many are
at risk of dropping out Increasing personal health and wellness The Speaker: Carolyn Chandler
Carolyn Chandler was recently named one of Crain's Chicago Business Tech 50 ( Carolyn leads the user experience team at Chicago digital agency Manifest Digital ( She's also a connector for the community: she teaches UX design atStarter League (, helped launch Chicago's chapter of the Interaction Design Association (, and recently directed the WebVisions ( Hackathon for Social Good, an event in which programmers and designers donate time to work on projects that benefit nonprofit organizations.