Can Products be Designed to Promote Subjective Wellbeing?

Williams, Gareth (2023) Can Products be Designed to Promote Subjective Wellbeing? Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

This thesis sets out the synthesis of a body of research in response to the question, ‘can products be designed to promote subjective wellbeing’? To achieve this, three different forms of research are undertaken and cross-compared. The exploration of existing literature, primary research into users’ interaction with chairs they own and finally, primary research into users’ initial perception of chairs. These are the building blocks of this research and explore concepts of nature, art and psychology from a design perspective while adding context through existing meta design concepts. This research culminates by identifying a list of five design factors that are indicated to affect the subjective wellbeing of users. This contributes to the body of knowledge related to the factors that can be used to affect subjective wellbeing and sets the stage for further work on this topic.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meta Design, Wellbeing, Kansei, Biophilia, Emotional Design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Gareth Williams
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2023 09:25
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2023 13:56
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2587

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