Wellbeing by Design – Teaching Practices and Ethical Reflections

05 april 2019 09:00 t/m 17:00 - Locatie: TU Delft Teaching Lab - Door: Communication | Zet in mijn agenda

Call for participation

We invite you for a one-day conference on ‘Design for Wellbeing Education’.
In this conference we will share and discuss latest insights in design for wellbeing education, with a special focus on ethics. The event includes two inspiring keynote lectures, workshops on tools and methods to design for wellbeing, and practices related to ethical considerations regarding design for wellbeing. All interested stakeholders are invited to attend this conference, which will take place on 5 April 2019 in the TU Delft Teaching Lab. 


09:00 – 09:30     Registration
09:30 – 09:45     Opening words
09:45 – 10:15     Keynote 1 (Peter Paul Verbeek)
10:15 – 11:45     Workshops (Jet Gispen, Marc Hassenzahl, Pieter Desmet)
11:45 – 12:00     Informative talk (Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer)
12:00 – 13:00     Lunch
13:00 – 14:30     Short presentations + Q&A
14:30 – 16:00     Workshops (Jet Gispen, Marc Hassenzahl, Pieter Desmet)
16:00 – 16:20     Workshop wrap-up session
16:20 – 16:50     Keynote 2 (Andrew James)
16:50 – 17:00     Closing words
17:00 – 18:30     Drinks

Pre-conference drinks
On 4 April 2019, all participants who have already arrived, can come by for a faculty tour at the IDE faculty in Delft (from 17:30 to 18:00) and/or a welcome drink in Café Wijnhaven in the Delft city center (18:30 – 20:00).

Call for contributions: short presentations

Are you involved in design for well-being education? Do you have interesting experiences to share – perhaps a case, a tool, or an insight? We invite you to the stage to give a 10 minute presentation. Interested? Send us an one minute audio and/or video-abstract to pitch your idea. We have six spots available. In case more than six people apply, the organising committee will make a selection. We’re looking forward to receive your inspiring proposals.


The registration fee is £ 36 (for DRS members or students) or £ 45 (for non-DRS members). Registration fee includes conference attendance, a conference bag, lunch, and coffee and tea. To register, please follow registration prompts on the event page.


Peter Paul Verbeek:
Designing Wellbeing: Responsible Design and Value Change

Peter-Paul is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor of techno-anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. His publications include ‘Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things’ and ‘What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design’.

Andrew James:
The Positive Design Project – Experiences of Positive Design from an Australian Primary School

Inspiring students to engage deeply in their learning while providing them with authentic opportunities to increase the wellbeing of individuals or communities is an exciting challenge. Hear how Positive Design and Positive Psychology principles were explored and applied as part of a student project undertaken in an Australian primary school setting by 10-12 year olds. The Positive Design Project, its process, outcomes and successes will be shared as an illustration of how the influence of Design for Wellbeing extends across ages and contexts.

Andrew is Assistant Principal at Mount Waverley North Primary School, located in Melbourne, Australia. He has over a decade of experience working as a teacher and school leader, having previously completed a Master of Teaching and Master of Educational Leadership through Charles Sturt University. Andrew is passionate about embedding the principles of Positive Psychology in educational settings to optimise student wellbeing and build a positive school culture. He recently presented the Positive Design Project at the PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) Annual Conference.

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer:
A flourishing university - designing systemically for academic wellbeing

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology and Adjunct Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. She is interested in human-centred & systemic design practices in the context of social and public innovation. Mieke believes that we need to develop a better understanding of the creative methods and practices that are required to address today’s complex societal challenges. She has a particular interest in challenges related to education, mental health & wellbeing.

Short talks

Armin NagelHappy waiting project
Stefan PersaudEducation for happiness
Mathieu GielenCo-design with kids - early acquisition of 21st century skills
Pelin EsnafEmpathy as a design skill
Chiel van der LindenThe holy grail of worldwide wellbeing


Jet Gispen:

Ethics for Designers - Developing your moral compass

Design has a huge influence on how people behave and live their lives. As designers, we are trained to solve problems and make people’s lives better. Yet rarely do we consider what 'better' actually is. It is important to understand that what we design is not neutral. In fact design is an inherently ethical activity. That’s why I believe designers should develop ethical skills and learn to incorporate ethics in their design work. Developing ethical skills allows designers to understand and engage with ethics within any design project. Mastering your ethical skills will help you grow as a responsible designer. In this workshop we will play the ethical ideation game Moral Agent (https://www.ethicsfordesigners.com/moral-agent/). By using moral values as inspiration we will challenge ourselves to make the most ethical design possible. What would that be and how would it work? This game will help you tackle ethical issues in a fun and challenging way, using bluff and creativity.

Jet Gispen is a UX designer advocating design ethics. She currently works at strategic design agency Fabrique. Jet graduated on the research and development of an ethics toolkit for designers. Wanting to learn more about ethics and not knowing where to start, she set out to understand the relation between design and ethics. By means of various case studies performed at the Delft University of Technology, Jet explored ways for designers to incorporate ethics into their design process. The result of this project is the Ethics for Designers toolkit (https://www.ethicsfordesigners.com).

Pieter Desmet & Marc Hassenzahl:

Tools and techniques for Positive Design Education

To design for happiness can be a grand undertaking. Because… where to start? To support our design students, we have developed a variety of hands-on tools and techniques. For example, the “Design for Happiness Deck” that breaks down the phenomenon of happiness into 72 components, the “Need Cards” that represent eight basic psychological needs, and the “Positive Design Reference Guide” that gives an overview of 29 experience- and wellbeing-related theories. In our workshop we will (a) share the tools that we have developed, and (b) make an inventory of the tools used by workshop participants. The outcome will be an inventory of tools and techniques, which will be shared with all conference delegates.

Pieter is professor of Design for Experience at the Faculty of Industrial Design of Delft University. He is founding co-director of the Delft Institute of Positive Design (DIOPD), a research group that focuses on emotion- and well-being-driven design and partner of the research and design agency emotion/studio. Besides his research, he contributes to local community projects, such as a sensory wellness neighbourhood park, and a cultural Rotterdam-based “House of Happiness.”

Marc is professor for Ubiquitous Design / Experience and Interaction at the University of Siegen, Germany. He combines his training in psychology with a love for interaction design. With his group of designers and psychologists, he explores the theory and practice of designing pleasurable, meaningful and transforming interactive technologies. Marc is author of “Experience Design. Technology for all the right reasons” (MorganClaypool) and many peer-reviewed papers at the seams of psychology, design research and interaction/industrial design.


For more information about the event or SIGWELL, contact Rebecca Cain, Ann Petermans, or Pieter Desmet


The conference venue is TU Delft Teaching Lab:
Landbergstraat 19
2628 CE Delft
The Netherlands

The TU Delft Teaching Lab, is a state-of-the art experimentation and testing environment for design education. It functions as a laboratory for experimenting with new forms of education or tools. The Teaching Lab is located next to the TU Delft faculty of Industrial Design Education. 


This conference is organised by the Wellbeing, Happiness, and Health DRS Special Interest Group (SIGWELL). The SIGWELL design community has an interest in advancing knowledge, and the development and application of design research in the broadest sense to improve the personal and societal wellbeing, happiness and health of people. SIGWELL is convened through an international board. The Chair is Ann Petermans (Hasselt University). Other board members are Rebecca Cain (Loughborough University), Pieter Desmet (Delft University of Technology), Leandro Tonetto (Unisinos), Deger Ozkaramanli (Twente University), Marc Hassenzahl (University of Siegen), Tiiu Poldma (Montréal University), Anna Pohlmeyer (Delft University of Technology) and Matthias Laschke (University of Siegen).

Top: Ann Petermans, Pieter Desmet, Leandro Tonetto,
Middle: Marc Hassenzahl, Tiiu Poldma, Anna Pohlmeyer
Bottom: Deger Ozkaramanli, Matthias Laschke, Rebecca Cain