Diversity of Happiness & Diversity of Design

Contact: Anna Pohlmeyer - A.E.Pohlmeyer@tudelft.nl

Design for happiness can be targeted to enhance different components of subjective well-being – some are more of hedonic, some more of eudaimonic nature. Furthermore, different roles that design can play in the pursuit of happiness are added as a second dimension to this classification.  As a result, a Design Well-Being Matrix has been developed that illustrates numerous opportunities for design to affect subjective well-being.


As a first step, your task would be to collect design examples (products as well as services) for the varying design role – happiness component combinations. Next steps involve, for instance, an analysis of these combinations regarding design approaches and product types. Different methods can be used to tackle the relationship between different roles of design and subjective well-being, e.g. a workshop with designers.