Design for subjective wellbeing: towards a design framework for constructing narrative

Jordan, Patrick W., Bardill, Andy ORCID logoORCID:, Herd, Kate ORCID logoORCID: and Grimaldi, Silvia (2017) Design for subjective wellbeing: towards a design framework for constructing narrative. The Design Journal, 20 (Sup1) . S4292-S4306. ISSN 1460-6925 [Article] (doi:10.1080/14606925.2017.1352926)

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We explore the role that interaction with products and services can play in the narratives that we develop about ourselves. We propose a four-level model, which seeks to explain this and use it as the basis for analyzing eight immersion studies. In each, we investigate the role that products and services play in shaping narratives, which in turn reflect our self-identity. We also look at archetypes – the various ideals that we can have about ourselves – and at how the alignment of narratives with these enhances our wellbeing. The model offers the potential to link narrative to design features and to identify new market opportunities. However, we recognize there may be challenges in enabling people to articulate narrative and identify their ideal archetype.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Design Journal:An International Journal for All Aspects of Design, Volume 20, 2017 - Issue sup1: Design for Next: Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, edited by Loredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson, ISBN 978-1-138-09023-1
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 28008
Notes on copyright: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 12:49
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