Narrative and design for wellbeing: a user-centered approach

Jordan, Patrick W., Bardill, Andy, Herd, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0019-1340 and Grimaldi, Silvia (2020) Narrative and design for wellbeing: a user-centered approach. ACTIO - Journal of Technology in Design, Film Arts and Visual Communication . ISSN 2665-1890 [Article] (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

The narratives that we have about our lives can affect our wellbeing. The Products and services that we own or use can play a role in these narratives (Jordan, Bardill, Herd and Grimaldi 2020) – the car that says "I am a success", the toy that says "I am a good parent" or the customer-care that lets me know that "I am not important.”

In an exploratory study, 41 undergraduate students described experiences with two different products or services – one that enabled and one that failed to enable a desired narrative. These 82 case studies were analysed to explore concepts relevant to narrative in the context of product and service use.

We identify six different ways in which a product or service can enable a narrative, evaluate Jung’s archetypes as a means of narrative classification, and explore the roles of products and users in enabling stories. The implications for user research and design are explored.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Narrative, wellbeing, design, ergonomics, affective design, emotional design
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 30777
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Depositing User: Patrick Jordan
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 09:21
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 17:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30777

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