MINDFUL DESIGN: APPLYING THE MINDFUL DESIGN APPROACH AT INDUSTRIAL DESIGN LECTURES
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Bosse, Michaelle; Woelfel, Christian; Krzywinski, Jens
Institution: Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Section: Design and Engineering Education Practices
This paper aims to present teaching strategies applied to the Mindful Design approach in the TU Dresden industrial design curriculum. The main focus of this study is the implementation of Mindful Design on industrial design in a higher education context, which can be understood, applied and evaluated by design students. The concept of Mindful Design has been introduced by Niedderer  to describe how design products can promote and improve mindful attention by disrupting the user’s interaction during social activities. The authors comment that Mindful Design can be related to behavioural change and widen the understanding of social cognitive mindfulness through modifying expected functions of product use. In this paper the authors describe the importance of applying the Mindful Design approach to product design to propose improvements of cognitive performance as well as cognitive impairments, selfregulation and subjective well-being to final users. This paper takes as its case study the methodology of designing for people with dementia.