A Playground for Names: Ways to Play Names
Designed for everyone who learned to write their names before they knew anything about the world.
Our names are the first words that we learn to write and are often the first thing we learn about a person. However, besides serving as a way to identify and differentiate between people, have you ever thought about the secrets hidden in your name?
There are many times in people’s lives that they have to use their names, such as introducing themselves, applying/registering for various events, or identifying themselves. Everyone is familiar with their own names; however, few have really thought about how they came to be.
Although most people’s names were decided before they were born, everyone seems to know a few friends who have very common names (e.g., Jennifer and James) and/or names that are easy to mispronounce. Is it bad luck that they have such names, or is it something that is statistics-based?
To help visitors answer these questions, The Peach Blossom Spring has created the playground for names, where visitors’ names are tokens to be used at the playground. Although visitors have no way of assessing the value of their names (because all names are equal), visitors can use them to compete with other players. Through the competition, visitors may find out why their names were chosen and have fun with their names.
Re-lab is a design consultant team that is focused on solving information communication problems.
Re-lab excels at analyzing data that are difficult for users to process and communicating with users data in the forms of drawings, animations, interactive webpages, among others. Re-lab enjoys exploring new possibilities (through experimental projects) and upholds the philosophy of “give data life and impress people with data,” where different possibilities are tested to allow data to tell fascinating stories.