Making Wellbeing: A Process of User-Centered Design

Kevin Marshall, Anja Thieme, Jayne Wallace, John Vines, Gavin Wood, Madeline Balaam

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Abstract / Description of output

We consider the role of making in current HCI design practices and how it may affect the wellbeing of those who participate in these processes. Through an exploration of psychological concepts of wellbeing and their connection to making experiences, we suggest that making can facilitate and support both hedonic and eudemonic facets of wellbeing. We illustrate this in the context of three case studies that engaged people in creative making activities as part of user-centered design processes. Based on our experiences, we argue that researchers ought to be mindful of the potential impact our design processes have on our participants and provide considerations for those designing for and with participants where wellbeing is a concern.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450329026
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2014
Event2014 conference Designing Interactive Systems - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameDIS '14
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


Conference2014 conference Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • hci
  • making
  • wellbeing.
  • user-centered design


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