Liminal design: A conceptual framework and three-step approach for developing technology that delivers transcendence and deeper experiences

Johan Liedgren, P.M.A. Desmet, Andrea Gaggioli

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Abstract

As ubiquitous technology is increasingly mediating our relationships with the world and others, we argue that the sublime is struggling to find room in product design primarily aimed at commercial and transactional goals such as speed and efficiency. We suggest a new category of products to promote deeper and more meaningful experiences, specifically those offering liminality, transcendence, and personal transformation. This paper introduces a conceptual framework and three-step design approach looking at narrative participation in design through abstractions to promote, hold and deepen more complex emotions. We explore implications from a theoretical point of view and suggest product examples for how the model might be applied in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1043170
Number of pages15
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • liminality
  • technology
  • awe
  • experience
  • user
  • design transcendence
  • narrative

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