16designdirections

16designdirections

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Support meaningful affiliations, by facilitating the practice of group/ community activities. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of positive relations with others)

Think about…
…to which meaningful groups or communities does your user belong?
…what activities make your user feel like he/ she belongs?

 

Embody characteristics of a group, by using unique characteristics of the groups the user belongs to (e.g. culture, profession). (Linked to the symbolic meaning of positive relations with others)

Think about…
…to which meaningful groups or communities does your user belong?
…what are unique characteristics of those groups?

 


 

 

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Embody personal growth, by focusing on adaptability to accommodate physical and psychological change. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of personal growth)

Think about…
…in what meaningful ways can your user change or develop (physically and psychologically)?
…what processes, actions or activities are related to it?

 

Support acceptance and growth from past experiences, by providing a tangible representation of the passage of time. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of personal growth)

Think about…
…what scale of time is most relevant for your user?

 

Enhance memories, by offering a positive context or activity to reflect on memories of loved ones. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of personal growth)

Think about…
…who are your user’s loved ones?
…what positive memories does your user have with his/her loved ones (places, moments, life milestones, etc.)?





 

 

 

 

Encourage positive change, by providing an external trigger that suggests beneficial activities or behaviours. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of purpose in life)

Think about…
…which activities or behaviours can benefit your user, and contribute to a purposeful life?

 

Provide a sense of control, by allowing the user to manage personally significant goals, or to eliminate obstacles in their fulfillment. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of purpose in life) Think about…

…what are personally significant goals that give purpose to your user?
…what are possible obstacles in their fulfillment?

 

Keep track of progress, by providing visual feedback on progress towards personally significant goals. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of purpose in life)

Think about…
…what are personally significant goals that give purpose to your user?
…how can progress towards their fulfillment be measured?

 


 

 

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Support multi-sensorial communication, by translating messages into a sensorial experiences. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of environmental mastery)

Think about…
…how does your user convey proximity?

 

Provide a context for meaningful interaction, by making use of the context or limitations as an advantage. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of environmental mastery)

Think about…
…what opportunities/limitations does your user’s context present?

 


 

 

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Destigmatize, by enhancing the aesthetic qualities of physically enabling products. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of autonomy)

Think about…
…what products enable your user and support his/ her autonomy?
…which (physical) characteristics of those products make your user feel self-conscious?

 

Design for mindfulness, by slowing down processes or disclosing mechanisms behind products to promote a mindful living. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of autonomy)

Think about…
…how can your user have more control over his/ her context (think of small everyday things)?

 

Redirect the user’s attention, by design an intervention that requires attention form the user to distract from negative situations. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of autonomy)

Think about…
…to what negative situations is your user exposed to?
…how do these limit your user’s autonomy?

 


 

 

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Allow shared transformation, by provide tools for user input at an aesthetic and/ or functional level. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of self-acceptance)

Think about…
…what skills and competences is your user proud of?

 

Allow self-expression, by providing a tangible platform to wear, share or display personally significant ideas. (Linked to the symbolic meaning of self-acceptance)

Think about…
…what positive aspects of your user’s identity can be enhanced to promote self-acceptance?
…what ideas or principles does your user find important to support his/ her identity?