The objective of this challenge – Gate Screens in Online Courses – is to design a two-slide interaction that includes a content screen and a gate screen.

Inspired by my experiences with Zen Buddhism while living and travelling in East Asia, I decided to construct an interaction based on a collection of Zen teachings referred to as The Gateless Gate – but more accurately translated as The Gateless Barrier.

This project is a playful take on one of the more well-known Kōans from this collection: entitled Joshu’s Dog. Like many Zen puzzles, the answer is not always obvious, but deeper investigation of the question can reveal greater truths.

The dog image was sourced from SnapStock and the background image comes from the Creative Commons collection at Bucketlist Photos.

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