Design for wellbeing


There is a growing need for engineering designers to engage in creative activities that result in innovative products and technologies for the benefit of society. However, from an engineering perspective, issues of ‘life quality’ are currently heavily under-prioritized, particularly with regard to people with disabilities. This paper argues that both needs and solutions are now part of the designer’s responsibility, and that it is crucial to make a qualitative assessment of both the potential market impact and the ‘quality of life’ improvements afforded by innovations. Design for Wellbeing offers a perspective on life quality that goes beyond the traditional scope of assistive technology in that it aims to help people make a transformation from an actual state of being to a desired state of being – regardless of ability level.


  • Design for wellbeing, human-centered-design, product innovation, collaborative design, design education, design learning, global team-innovation


  • Larsson, T., A. (2008). Design for wellbeing. In: The Engineering Handbook of Smart Technology for Aging, Disability and Independence. / ed. Abdelsalam Helal ; Mounir Mokhtari ; Bessam Abdulrazak. Hoboken, N.J : Wiley, 2008. p. 819-832
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