New Learning

Perspectives in Play

Exploring politics. One game move at a time.
© Lisa Kupferschmidt
Play is a surprisingly powerful motivator.

While studying complex systems is often daunting, discovering them via a game is something else entirely, encouraging role play, exploration and even changing points of view. Games foster collaboration, as well as a competitive spirit.

With this project, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Industrial Design students at the University of Wuppertal developed a series of board games – each focused on teaching one aspect of foreign policy.

All games can be downloaded as »print-and-play« variants from the project website. The students also published the source files of their projects under a Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0) license.


  • Finalist: Falling Walls Foundation — Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year Award 2020: Digital Education
  • Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation — Sonderpreis des Digital Awards 2023