DESIGN FOR CONTENTED LIFE: A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Ashour, Ayman Fathy
Institution: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Section: Design for Life
This paper addresses design contribution to the happiness of individuals leading to a contented life. A framework for design for contented life is introduced. It includes four main components: engaging, pleasure, personal fulfilment and belongingness. Each represents an ingredient of design for happiness. We suggest that design that includes these ingredients is design that promotes contented life. The intention to support human life is the explicit, central design objective of design for contented life. The need for contemporary design for contented life approach arises. Some research challenges are presented to indicate directions for more research. In light of the framework, these research directions should serve as inspiration for designers and design researchers in their work towards design for contented life.