Positive Design: What are we designing (for)? A talk by Dr. Anna Pohlmeyer

Electrical Engineering Building J03, Seminar Room 460

11am – 12pm, 14th July, 2017

Register for the talk here.

It has always been the aim of design to improve people’s quality of life. Yet, while numerous examples demonstrate how design facilitates everyday chores, how it assists and extends human capabilities, and how it introduces small moments of delight, surprisingly few examples exist that have been deliberately designed to foster our personal quests to live a good and meaningful life.

Recently, design researchers have shown an increased interest in the science of happiness, i.e. Positive Psychology, and how the designed environment affects our wellbeing.

In this talk, Anna Pohlmeyer, presents experiences from the emerging field of designing for human happiness: Positive Design. Positive Design builds on knowledge from User Experience and Positive Psychology, and at the same time challenges established design principles.

Dr. Anna Pohlmeyer

is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft, The Netherlands, and co-director of the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing.

Fascinated by the interplay of people, design, and technology, Anna holds a university degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in engineering. Her research expertise includes design for subjective well-being, human-centered design, and user experience with a focus on prolonging positive experiences.

She has extensively published her work in journals and at design research conferences, and acted as guest editor of a special issue on Positive Design for the International Journal of Design.

Anna received the International research Collaboration Award by the University of Sydney in collaboration with Prof. Rafael Calvo. She is visiting the Positive Computing Lab in June and July 2017.