Faceball / by Anthony Schmiedeler

During this summer's design residency at Future, I've had opportunities to make as well as design. Faceball was one of those making opportunities and it was really fun to take an already awesome idea and turn it into reality. Before I arrived at Future, the team here had just completed a blitz with the NYC Department of Education trying to find a way to get parents and children to engage in learning and literacy through a really-cool, low-cost summer program. Using the division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) as a facilitator, they came up with the idea of Faceball: A super-simple, fun reading literacy game that engages students, families, and community members in learning the alphabet and sight words together. 

Faceball is like the game "HORSE" but players shoot from letters on the court to learn how to spell Sight words.

Faceball is like the game "HORSE" but players shoot from letters on the court to learn how to spell Sight words.

The original idea was to spraypaint directly letters directly onto the court.

The original idea was to spraypaint directly letters directly onto the court.

After a lot of trying and failing and trying again, and learning how to use an ancient Riso Gocco somewhere in between, we figured out the letters work best as rearrangeable discs with sight words on the back of themm. We ran into a few issues with durability but in the end we were able turn out a good looking prototype that got the people at NYC DOE really excited! And I got to use lasers again.