In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the scientific study of happiness and wellbeing. However, so far, there has been only little discussion about the relevance and applicability for design. This paper provides a brief overview of related developments in the field of psychology and user experience, before it introduces and illustrates the emerging field of positive design. Positive design builds on insights from positive psychology to create and improve products and/or services that increase human flourishing.


Pohlmeyer, A.E. (2013). Positive Design: New Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities for Design. In: A. Marcus (Ed.): Design, User Experience, and Usability, Part III, HCII 2013, LNCS 8014. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, pp. 540–547.

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