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If Winnicott could make toys...

Van Leeuwen, Lieselotte and Westwood, Diane (2010) If Winnicott could make toys... International Journal of Arts and Technology, 3 (1). pp. 57-65. ISSN 1754-8861

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Donald Winnicott’s concept of transitional objects and phenomena is
recognised as a source of inspiration for the development of design ideas for
play. This paper attempts to translate principles of his work in the field of
psychotherapy into criteria for design related to play. The concept of the
transitional object was analysed in terms of user requirements at different ages
and in different everyday contexts. The idea of ‘transitional space’ was
translated into the need for play objects to support specific physical actions
while remaining unspecific with regard to the potential meanings ascribed to
these actions.
Keywords: toy design; transitional object; transitional space; Winnicott; play.

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Depositing User: Lieselotte Van Leeuwen


Item ID: 2766
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ISSN: 1754-8861
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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 16:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 09:06


Author: Lieselotte Van Leeuwen
Author: Diane Westwood

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Design > Industrial Design
Psychology > Psychology

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