How to design for transformation?

PhD research, Industrial Design TU/e (2008, cum laude)

Values are in my view essential to interaction design. A product always does more than just functioning: It also changes the way we behave. Look for example how the primary functionality of the mobile phone (the audio link) radically changed the way we engage in our social relations. How do we want our technologies to influence our behaviors? What direction should this take, and how can we take this influence into account in interaction design? I use Human Values (Schwartz, 1992) as a way to find answers to these questions. I present tools and techniques to elegantly incorporate values in interaction design, resulting in innovative designs that unite meaningfulness and functionality. 

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