About M@P

Matters at Play (M@P) is a transdisciplinary design lab partnering in the creation of interactive advocacy solutions for positive social transformations – especially focused on social justice and environmental/health issues. M@P both incubates and launches projects for real-world impact as part of a faculty-student collaborative as well as in the classroom context.

Our partners include advocacy, government, non-government, and/or academic organizations looking to use interactivity in both digital and analog contexts with the goal of informing and transforming society and its people. 

Our methods include human-centered design, design thinking, iterative design, tandem transformational game design, and much more.

Our solutions include systems design of online games, tabletop (analog) games, web apps, websites, and extended reality (XR) such as virtual reality (VR) that are context driven.

Lien Tran is the director of Matters at Play, which is based out of DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM)’s School of Design in Chicago, IL.