From good to the greater good

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In this chapter, we outline why and how design can (and cannot) support the sustainable wellbeing of individuals and communities. Building on findings of well-being researchers, we first address the reasons why material well-being, as experienced through the consumpfion and ownership of products and goods, does not necessarily contribute to subjective wellbeing. On the other hand, products that are valued for the activities and experiences that these enable can be a profound resource for happiness. This discussion provides the foundation
for an approach to design for well-being that includes three main ingi-edients: design for pleasure, personal significance and virtue. These ingredients will be detailed in depth and several directions to design for well-being will be introduced, addressing both challenges and opportunities for design theoiy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design
EditorsJ. Chapman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-91017-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameRoutledge Handbooks

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  • design framework
  • well-being
  • happiness
  • experience design
  • positive design


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