Happy moments: A well-being driven design of a Car2Go

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User well‐being is increasingly addressed in design and design research. Previous work has proposed a design for well-¬‐being framework that includes three main ingredients: pleasure, personal significance, and virtue. While useful for analysing the well-¬‐being impact of existing designs, it is difficult to use the framework as a resource in well-¬‐being focussed design projects. This paper presents a design case study in which two key challenges have been addressed. The first is to understand how to identify relevant pleasures, personal significances and virtues in the context of design practice. The second is to understand how design concepts can be developed that integrates these three ingredients in a meaningful way. The design case was to develop a car interior for a car sharing service. The first challenge was addressed with two user studies where it was found that especially conflicts or tensions between ingredients stimulated design creativity. The second challenge was addressed by including the factor of time in the design concept (creating a concept in which experiences unfold over time). The design case is presented and the techniques that were used to address the well-¬‐being-¬‐specific design challenges are discussed and reflected on.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016, Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused ThinkingDesign
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Society 50th Anniversary Conference
EditorsPeter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Design Research Society
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Design Research Society 50 Anniversary Conference - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameDRS International Conference Series
PublisherThe Design Research Society
ISSN (Print)2398-3132


Conference2016 Design Research Society 50 Anniversary Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • well-being
  • automotive design
  • positive design
  • car-sharing


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