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How to design for well-being? : a methodology on design for well-being to embody well-being in ViSi Mobile

Smits, Merlijn (2018) How to design for well-being? : a methodology on design for well-being to embody well-being in ViSi Mobile.

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Abstract:The term well-being is often used in design. Design would, as frequently argued, improve users’ well-being and thereby positively contribute to the world. One would then expect a large body of literature on design for well-being. Yet, the opposite is true. There are only a few methodologies on designing for well-being, all mostly lacking well-developed frameworks. This thesis will, therefore, provide an answer to the research question: how to design for well-being? The analysis of the philosophical and healthcare theories on well-being will be the foundation for the new design for well-being methodology: Values that Matter. This methodology aims to help designers to understand and anticipate on the impact of their technologies on the well-being of its users. The methodology combines insights from mediation theory and value sensitive design to stimulate designers to best embody well-being in design. Values that Matter has been put into practice via the case study of ViSi Mobile. This device is used in the Radboudumc hospital for the continuous monitoring of hospitalised patients. The device already meets its technological and economic feasibility. Values that Matterallows for studying its impact on users’ well-being. It provides redesign recommendations to even better improve well-being by ViSi Mobile.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
REshape Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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