The Transvengers: Origins

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group. In this post he talks about the process.

In the beginning we drew a lot. We drew self portraits, played drawing games, drew in pairs and we made collaborative drawings on long rolls of paper. We shared jokes, stories, ideas or silence while we drew. These drawings were part of the process of finding out what our comic was about, the characters that would be in it, their backstories and the locations in which events would take place.

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Games research workshop with Matt Locke

Last month, Matt Locke from Storythings hosted an insightful workshop on his research methodology and findings for an evaluation of a selection of Wellcome Collection’s recent games. Chris Chapman tells us more.

Working alongside James Melly and Silvia Novak, the team have been analysing six of our games using their Attention, Behaviour and Circulation (ABC) framework. The results have helped us to understand how well our games have reached people and how players have engaged with each game.

Listen to Matt’s presentation:

Following the discussion, and using the ABC approach, we wanted to allow attendees to brainstorm their own game ideas. Each table was therefore provided with three cards, each with a particular Attention, Behaviour or Circulation scenario written on the back. Teams were then asked to create game ideas based on their cards. Also provided was the option of a ‘Joker’ card, featuring a specific game genre to narrow down the characteristics of their game.

Game cards

Example game cards

The cards provided a useful exercise in motivating people to think about game attributes and the attention patterns that drive people to play games, whether for learning, socialising or entertainment.

Have a go yourself – download a printable pdf of the game cards:

Let us know if you find them useful and what game ideas you come up with.

Chris Chapman is a Multimedia Producer at Wellcome Collection.