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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stronger. Or so everyone always says.

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of crowdsourcing in design contests. Writing this blog – and reading the feedback we received in response to it – got us thinking. Why not try it out for ourselves? After all, we wanted to design a Microtask T-shirt, and crowdsourcing has made running design competitions easier than ever before.

Crowdsourcing the shirt on my back

Because we focused on 99Designs in this earlier post, it was a natural …

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Winner takes it all?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… In theory it’s great. Say you want a new identity for your company. All you do is post a design brief on the website, and then sit back and watch the submissions roll in. At the end of the process you only pay for your favorite submission.

99designs has all the mechanisms you would expect to ensure chosen work is paid for, avoiding both copyright theft and exploitation of the community purely as a source of inspiration. Even so, there is much criticism of how it and similar sites …

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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… I know of. The Brooklyn Museum and the Powerhouse Museum both have APIs which makes it easy to design games around their objects. Digitalkoot looks like fun too, and GalaxyZoo and FoldIt have lots of fans.

Do you have any advice for museums considering “gamification”?

I’d love to see more museums making crowdsourcing games because they’re a great way to engage audiences. With crowdsourcing, the trick is finding tasks that give you the data you need, while matching the …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Angeles Times and GQ.

Chaplin is a fan of grown-up gaming (less “kill the zombies” more “design public healthcare for the zombies”). Back in 2009, she made big waves at GDC when she accused game-developers of being “a bunch of stunted adolescents” . Her views on gamification are equally controversial. In an article published in Slate earlier this year, Chaplin claimed that (despite her epic enthusiasm) Jane McGonigal is not advocating any concrete change but only a change …

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Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to define. Everyone knows what a game is, but agreeing on a definition is another story. Wikipedia’s no-nonsense entry defines a game as: “structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment…with goals, challenges, rules and interactions.” Jesse Schell is somewhat more fun, saying it is simply “a problem solving …

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