Pamela Pavliscak: How to design for happiness

Our understanding of happiness, especially when it comes to technology, is becoming more nuanced. It’s a combination of pleasure and purpose, of solving problems and fostering possibilities. It lives at the intersection of positive psychology, neuroscience, human-computer interaction, affective computing, and behavioral economics.

Policy makers, employers, and city designers are learning that happiness is the path to sustainability. Countries are balancing the GDP with global happiness measures. Technology companies are beginning to consider personal and collective well-being as a framework for designing with greater humanity.

This session explores what makes people happiest when they use technology, based on the latest research, and what we can learn from that to design for positive outcomes. Come away from the session with new inspiration and proven techniques for building happiness into the experience. Attendees will:

  • Learn the principles of designing for happiness
  • Brainstorm positive touch points for an experience
  • Create an emotional blueprint
  • Explore techniques to evoke and amplify positive emotion
  • Employ measures to underpin a well-being strategy
 

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