Playful Encounters with Animals

Designing playful engagements with animals to find, imagine, or emphasize non-speciesist practices

Author Archives: michellewesterlaken

Representations of Dragons in Games

During my PhD exchange visit at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, we organized the first GameAnimals seminar. On the day of the seminar, the 4th of October, the … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Breath of the Wild – Vegan Run

Update: please find a reflective follow-up post on my experience of playing BOTW as a vegan here. Alternatively, the research paper on this topic can be found here. (this post … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

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May 17, 2017

25% PhD Seminar: Imagining Non-Speciesism

After a bit more than 1,5 years of PhD-ing, next week it’s time for my 25% seminar. It will take place on May 2nd at Malmö University (10.15-12.00). I will … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Designing for Magellanic Penguins

Last week, 16 students of the MSc in Interaction Design at Malmö University spent one week on a design case that involved the design of playful artefacts for the Magellanic … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Designing with Ants: Some Reflections

In terms of PhD design work, 2016 was all about ants. It all started in January this year, when I convinced the department head that it was a good idea … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 1 Comment