Dr Velvet Spors is a communication designer, creative technologist, and post-doctoral researcher. Their research explores how gameful technologies can support people in making sense of their (mental) health in holistic, person-centred ways, as caring systems. Velvet received their PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK), based in the Mixed Reality Lab, where they investigated the potentials of games for self-care. Within Gamification Group, Velvet is researching how gameful technologies can facilitate meaningful encounters and connections with nature. Velvet works interdisciplinarily, by drawing from game studies, humanistic psychology, speculative design, feminisms, participatory design and human computer interaction.