Local artist, designer, photographer and gamification expert and user experience maven, Catherine Aurelio was the second guest on the new radio show “Gamers on Game”.
Catherine has more than 15 years of experience in interactive media and print design. We met at last week’s inaugural TEDxSantaCruz Event. Catherine was one of the speakers presenting ideas concerning “gamification” as a way of helping the world by the use of game dynamics to influence behavior.
Catherine’s career in Santa Cruz began as a photographer and designer through her company Firecracker Studio. Her entrance into the Gamification world came through a friend back in 2007 for a 007 website project and designing a website interface that used gaming dynamics to engage the visitor of the website. This led to a career change and working as the “User Experience and Creative Direction Lead” at BunchBall.
We talked about how gamification is not game design that is creating a whole new world to play. Gamification is the integration of game mechanics in non-game environments to increase audience engagement, loyalty and fun.
If you are interested in learning more, go to Bunchball’s Blog site, gamification.com. Also, gamification.org, has even more information. This is a fast growing field in a still sluggish economy.
We ended our interview brainstorming ways gamification can be used to make life and particularly those mandatory unpleasant tasks more fun. For instance, getting kids to do family chores with the help of a game would be great. As with a lot of good ideas, there is already a designer working on the gamification of parenting. Catherine suggested that we as the Santa Cruz community could make an energy saving game that allows us to compete with our neighbors in reducing energy consumption while helping our planet.
To hear our interview, press the play button: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa62011.mp3″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]
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In anticipation of this week’s inaugural TEDxSantaCruz event, Artists on Art had as a guest one of the artist-presenter musician and educator, David Wish.
We began our conversation with an explanation of David’s organization, Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and operates one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in U.S. public schools, and provides free instruments and curriculum. David has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music education for more than 160,000 low-income children in more than 25 cities all across the US. He is the founder and executive director.
When I asked how long Little Kids Rock has been in existence, David replied that it depends upon how you count it. Little Kids Rock is ten years old. The idea really began 20 years ago when he first began his teaching career in a small school in California. The school had many challenges including no music program. One day, he began teaching his first grade class how to play the guitar. His methodology, borne out of the belief that music should be taught in the same order as language acquisition, caught on quickly at the school. So much so that David had to get other teachers to help teach. His hands-on experience and innovative methodology is used in Little Kids Rock programs.
Also, David’s methodology is not just for kids. He can also teach adults. At the At the Little Kids Rock YouTube Channel there over two hundred videos that teach you how to play different instruments such as the guitar, drums, and bass.
To hear our interview, press the play button: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa6711.mp3″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]
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