explain an idea through play
from july 28 to aug 19 (remind me when it starts!)

The In-Person Kickoff Weekend Event!

On July 28/29, in San Francisco, we'll have a small gathering to kick off the Explorables Jam! It's free, too! Space is super limited, so if you'd like to come, please RSVP on this Eventbrite page.

The Schedule: * note: you can come & go whenever you want! please don't feel pressured or expected to stay overnight or do Day 2 if you don't want to.
July 28 Saturday:
10am: it begins!
10am - 8pm: jam (dinner provided)
8pm - 8am Sun: totally optional overnight-jam
July 29 Sunday:
8am: it begins again! (breakfast provided)
8am - 4pm: jam
4pm: "closing ceremonies" or something

What is an explorable explanation?

It's our way-too-long phrase for a thing that explains an idea through play. You can say "explorable" for short. Here's some examples of explorables made in 3 weeks or less, so you can get an idea of what you can make during this jam! see more examples at explorabl.es!

How can I make an explorable?

For tools, check out the Explorable Tools page!
For tutorials, check out the Explorable Tutorials page!
And if you need to host your explorable somewhere on the internet for free, github pages or itch.io are good bets.

Who else is making explorables?

You can come hang out on the r/Explorables subreddit during the jam! (or for that matter, before and after the jam) Show off what you're working on, give & get feedback, discuss ideas, do whatever it is a "community" does!

P.S: tips on creating explorables

"Make everything bouncy" ~ nicky case
"Your scope is too big" ~ chris walker
"Start by sketching with pen + paper" ~ matthew conlen
"Use hsl for colors; it's easier to pick decent colors than with rgb" ~ amit patel
"Use simpler words" ~ pontus granström
"Start with almost nothing, then keep making small improvements" ~ jp posma
"Explain something to a real person using your explorable as an aid" ~ glen chiacchieri