DESIGN FOR WELLBEING / POSITIVE DESIGN (Kristof Vaes): In the lectures on 'design for wellbeing' we explore how design can contribute to a happier life. We unravel the elements of happiness and wellbeing, why it is important to design for wellbeing, and finally how we can design for wellbeing! The courses will help us understand the relationship between the designed world and our subjective experiences.
In the lectures we present a variety of theories that can be relevant for wellbeing-driven design. Apart from theorie drawn for (positive) psychology, the course also supplies students with theories and frameworks drawn for (positive) design research and practice. Each theory is briefly presented in theory and with supplementing examples.
DESIGN FOR INTERACTION (Lukas Van Campenhout): The topic of these lectures is interaction with digital products and systems. Within this context, we focus on several established frameworks: embodied interaction (tangible interaction, rich interaction, ubiquitous computing, calm computing), User Experience, aesthetics of interaction, design as a normative practice.