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Behaviour change through mindful design

One of Kristina's strongest interests is the exploration of design as a means for mediating mindful social interaction. This means going beyond facilitating interactions which are common to interactive objects and technologies such as email, mobile phones, etc. where the immediate interaction between the caller and the receiver is designed. Instead, mindful design seeks to create awareness and responsibility of all social interactions implicated in the exchange as well as opportunities and new ways of looking at interaction. As such, mindful design is part of the movement of design for behaviour change.

MinD: Designing for people with dementia

Kristina currently leads the European RISE project MinD. Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement (2016-2020). This project aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. Utilising the concept of mindful design, the project investigates innovative design solutions to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. The two focus areas are: a) personal difficulties with social interaction and b) environmental influences on social engagement. The outcomes and benefits of the project will include: the development of new uses of design for helping people with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being; the presentation of a robust methodological co-design framework for the development and evaluation of the designs in dementia care settings; the development of a holistic mindful model of designing and of a model for mindful care for social engagement for people with dementia; policy recommendations for the inclusion of design within dementia care. The project brings together 13 partners from healthcare and policy, design and ICT from 6 countries, including the UK, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Creating sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change

In 2014, Kristina was Principal Investigator for the AHRC development grant 'Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change' (2014), which brought together a team from leading design departments in the UK and the Netherlands, including Warwick University, Loughborough University, the Royal College of Art, Lancaster University, TU Twente and TU Delft. The project investigated how academic research into behaviour change can be utilised best by SME's in order to help bridge the gap between academia and industry.The work is published in a Summary Report and Full Report, and in the book Design for Behaviour Change.Theories and practices of designing for change. The work is continued through the Design for Behaviour Change Special Interest Group (Behaviour Change SIG) of the Design Research Society.

Developing a framework for mindful design

Initiated by her work on performative objects, Kristina is developing a broader framework for mindful design. Mindful design seeks to enable behaviour change through attitude change based on mindful awareness and reflection. Mindful design, comprises all objects that intentionally seek to engender mindful awareness. This can be mindful awareness of human-object interaction, most commonly occurring in safety devices; or of social interaction as found in performative objects. Kristina has introduced the element of positive emotion regulation into mindful design to make attitude change that based on conscious mindful reflection desirable. Her work is published in the The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, and the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design.

Designing mindful interaction through performative objects

The starting point for Kristina's on-going research into mindful design was the identification of a new category of products, termed performative objects (Niedderer 2007), which was the outcome and contribution of her doctoral research in 2004. Performative objects were identified as design objects that are designed to facilitate mindful awareness of the physical and symbolic social actions and their consequences within which they are used.

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Relevant Publications

Niedderer, K., Tournier, I., Colesten-Shields, D., Craven, M., Gosling, J., Garde, J.A., Bosse, M., Salter, B., Griffioen, I. (2017) Designing with and for People with Dementia: Developing a Mindful Interdisciplinary Co-Design Methodology. In: Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2017, 31 October-3 November 2017, Cincinnati, USA. pdf

Niedderer, K., Clune, S. and Ludden, G. (eds.) (2017). Design for Behaviour Change: Theories and practices of designing for change, Routledge. link

Niedderer, K. (2017) Promoting Sustainability through Mindful Design. In J. Chapman (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design, Routledge, pp.527-539. link

Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S., Mackrill, J., Lockton, D., Morris, A., Gardener, E., Cain, R., Evans, M., Gutteridge, R., Hekkert, P. (2016). Design for Behaviour Change as a Driver for Sustainable Innovation: Challenges and opportunities for implementation in the private and public sectors. International Journal of Design, 10 (2): 67-85. link

Niedderer, K. Gutteridge, R., Dennett, C. (2015). Designing mindful intuitive interaction for people with dementia in everyday social contexts. In: Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2015, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 2-5 November 2015. ISBN 978-0-646-94318-3 pdf

Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Gutteridge, R., Evans, M., Hekkert, P. (2014). Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Full Report. University of Wolverhampton, Project Partners & AHRC. link

Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Gutteridge, R., Evans, M., Hekkert, P. (2014). Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Summary Report. University of Wolverhampton, Project Partners & AHRC. link

Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Evans, M., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Gutteridge, R., Gardiner, E., Hekkert, P., Cain, R. (2014). Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation. NordDesign 2014, August 27 – 29, Espoo, Finland. link

Niedderer, K. (2014). Mediating Mindful Social Interactions through Design. In A. Ie, C. T. Ngnoumen and E. Langer (eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, vol 1. Chichester, UK: Wiley, pp. 345-366. link

Niedderer, K. (2013). Mindful Design as a Driver for Social Behaviour Change. In Consilience and Innovation in Design - Proceedings of the 5th International IASDR Conference 2013. Tokyo, Japan, 26-30 August 2013. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2007). Designing Mindful Interaction: The Category of the Performative Object. Design Issues, 23 (1), pp. 3-17. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2005). Exploring the Expressive Potential of Function, in L. Jönsson, (ed.) Craft in Dialogue: Six Views on a Practice in Change. Gothenburg, Sweden: IASPIS, 45-56. ISBN 91-975609-0-1

Niedderer, K. (2004). Designing the Performative Object: a study in designing mindful interaction through artefacts, in Redmond, J., D. Durling, and A. de Bono (eds.) FutureGround Proceedings of the Design Research Society International Conference 2004, Volume 2 (CD). Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, 2004. ISBN: 0-9756060-5-0

Niedderer, K. (2004). Designing the Performative Object: a study in designing mindful interaction through artefacts. Plymouth University (Falmouth College of Art), 2004. (PhD-thesis)

Niedderer, K. (2003). The Performative Object: Enacting the Humane Dimension within Design, in Electronic Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Barcelona, Spain: European Academy of Design.

 

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