Design for relaxation: A model for understanding stress for designers

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Stoop, Michčle; Snelders, Dirk
Series: ICED
Institution: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 583-592
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Stress is negatively affecting a large part of society. Knowledge on treating stress is available in the literature even though the phenomenon has yet to be fully explained. Designers could transform these insights into useful products and services that could support people affected by stress. Based on a study of the literature, a model is created called Design for Relaxation. The model is validated using an analysis of the work of design students addressing work related stress. The conclusion is that the model can be used by designers to develop future products and services to counter excessive levels of (work related) stress.

Keywords: Design methods, Product-Service Systems (PSS), User centred design, Stress, Design strategy

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