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rustle your leaves to me softly

Jess Marcotte, Squinky

rustle your leaves to me softly is a game where players are asked to get to know a fellow living creature, a live plant. The plant responds to the player’s touch by playing soothing sounds and plant-related words and poetry. Each plant has a different personality and preferences, determined by their physical properties, which players are invited to gently explore.

The concept behind the game came out of speculation around designing for an “other” that cannot communicate with us in the ways that we are used to. The soundscape elements that the plant generates were created based on what we as designers thought a plant might understand a human to like, which is in turn based on our understanding of what plants might like and what they might think of humans.