Emotion Typology (version 2022)

Posted on Oct 03, 2022 in Tools & Methods

Being human is being emotional: No matter your age or background, everything you do and think is enriched by emotions. Think of an emotion – what comes to mind first?…


Happy Public Spaces Booklet

Posted on Aug 10, 2022 in Tools & Methods

A guide with 20 ingredients to design for urban happiness Introduction Streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas are the vital shared places of a city that combine to the stage of…


Design for balance: Wellness and health

Posted on Aug 09, 2022 in Publications

Abstract Health and well-being are areas that undoubtedly have a significant relevance in people’s lives. Design from research and practice has the challenge of responding to the needs and challenges…


Positive design during a pandemic

Posted on Aug 09, 2022 in Publications

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide health crisis with a major negative impact on the subjective well-being of large populations. Over time, people, including non-vulnerable groups such…


AHFE 2022 BEST PAPER AWARD to DIOPD researchers

DIOPD researchers Pieter Desmet and Haian Xue, together with colleagues from Beijing Normal University (Xin Xin and Wei Liu), received AHFE 2022 Best Paper Award (Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship). Congratulations!…



Posted on Apr 12, 2022 in Student Projects

Have you ever caught yourself looking at the wall or a fly when you were supposed to focus on a lecture or work? I bet you have. Many people with…


Prana: your luminous meditation assistant

Posted on Oct 24, 2021 in Student Projects

We live in a fast paced world where we are constantly being stimulated by the world around us. We are constantly on the move, going from one appointment to the…


La Corrente

Posted on Jun 09, 2021 in Student Projects

Introduction Catholicism is the major religion in Italy, and the Roman Catholic Church strongly influences the faith of Italian believers. For most of these people, Catholic influence functions as a…


Thirteen Fundamental Psychological Needs

Posted on Jan 11, 2021 in Publications

Although individuals may have different goals and wishes on the surface, deep down we all want the same things. Our fundamental needs are universal: Regardless of culture, age, and lifestyle,…


Beauty Ideals – A Critical Note

Posted on Sep 30, 2020 in Student Projects

Context Factually, we have gotten more beautiful over the last decades, but the dissatisfaction about the way we look has never been bigger, states associate professor Liesbeth Woertman in her…


Project title: Dot Bot – Searching for a positive white cane experience

Posted on Sep 24, 2020 in Student Projects

Introduction VIPs (Visually Impaired People) are facing impairment related issues in various life areas. In the core of many of the adverse effects are issues with mobility. To move around…


Meaningful Voice Interactions: How to design smart speakers that foster well-being

Posted on Jul 12, 2020 in Student Projects

Introduction What is the impact of smart speakers on our well-being? With an expected global installed base of 325 million units in 2020 (Advanced Television, 2020), smart speakers continue to…


Happiness within organizations

Posted on Apr 22, 2020 in Student Projects > Uncategorized

Subjective well-being is one of the key elements to enhance creativity, innovation and productivity. A common misconception regarding well-being at a workplace is a focus on physical health and mental…


Twenty moods: A holistic typology of human mood states

Posted on Mar 21, 2020 in Tools & Methods

Introduction Designers have been long fascinated and inspired by the phenomenon of human mood. Nevertheless, a barrier that has been preventing them from adequately leveraging relevant opportunities is the current…


The power of placebo – Designing for contextual healing: Fostering placebo mechanisms by increasing patients’ belief in physiotherapeutic hand treatments

Posted on Jan 27, 2020 in Student Projects

Introduction Do you remember a moment in which an element or event during a medical treatment gave you increased confidence that you would get better soon? Maybe it was the…