Unpacking, cocreating, and materialising transdisciplinary collaborative processes through physical metaphors

Client: Center for Unusual Collaboration, the Netherlands
Role: Designer
Keywords: boardgame, transdisciplinary collaboration, metaphors

A brave team of interdisciplinary scholars combine their expertise to address the contemporary challenge of collaborations between practitioners, researchers who too often study independently from each other. The team plans to develop a gamified 'process black box' prototype to systematise and translate their understanding of collaborative research processes into an accessible approach that other researchers or participants can benefit from.

The approach is to help teams initiate and navigate complex collaborative processes, designing something similar to a board game that walks participants through different exercises. By using physical objects and metaphors, we promote reflective discussions about important aspects of collaboration.