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POSITIVE RELATIONS WITH OTHERS

 

Symbolic meaning of ‘Positive Relations with Others’: Symbolizes quality relations and affiliations that contribute to a sense of belongingness

Material possessions can symbolize positive relations with others, such as intimate relationships or meaningful groups and affiliations. This symbolic meaning can occur because the possession was given as a gift by a loved one, inherited from a family member, or because it played a role in marking important moment in a relationship, etc. Material possessions with a symbolic meaning of positive relations with others contribute to subjective well-being because they support a sense of belongingness.

31An example of a material possession with the symbolic meaning of positive relations with others if the cork of a wine bottle drank by a couple on their first date, preserved in a three-dimensional frame. It represents a special moment in an intimate relationship.

 

To help designers use the six happiness-related symbolic meanings, we developed 16 specific design directions. These are the ones most related to positive relations with others:

Support meaningful affiliations, by facilitating the practice of group/ community activities.

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).

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

In addition, designers and design researchers helped us select some product examples to illustrate this symbolic meaning:

The El Sajjadah is a mat for Muslim prayer that illuminates when facing Mecca. It has a built in compass that provides a visual feedback through electro luminescence, enabling the user to position him/herself in the correct way when praying. Images and text (adapted): http://www.sonerozenc.com/product/el-sajjadah Link: http://www.sonerozenc.com/product/el-sajjadah link

El Sajjadah (by SOPDS)

The EL Sajjadah by SOPDS is a praying carpet with an embedded compass that lights up when facing Mecca. It relates to the symbolic meaning of positive relationships with others since it reflects various levels of significant affiliations (culture, religion) and facilitates the practice of a shared spiritual belief.

El Botijo is a redesigned item of Spanish culture. It makes use of traditional materials, colours, and manufacturing processes to produce a modern yet relatable water cooling container. Images and text (adapted): http://www.wowqstudio.com/projects2012.htm

El Botijo by WOW studio

El Botijo by WOW studio is a modern redesign of an iconic item of Spanish craftsmanship that uses traditional materials. It relates to the symbolic meaning of positive relationships with others since it embodies recognizable material and aesthetic characteristics of a culture.

 













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