Aesthetic Wellbeing and Ethical Design of Technology

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Aesthetics is a central quality attribute of a product. Research into the relationship between aesthetics in human–technology interaction and the well-being of older people is still in its infancy. In care homes, aesthetics can play a major role in creating a ‘feeling of home’, which is important when the transition to assisted living may involve multiple changes and losses that affect an older person’s well-being. This chapter discusses the potential of aesthetic design to address older people’s emotional well-being. Aesthetics in technology and technological environments provides a new ethical way of looking at valuable problems in design—meaningfulness in terms of personal and individual symbolic values and the harmonizing potential of artefacts to create a ‘feeling of home’. Promoting the aesthetic well-being of older people in care homes (and in general) deserves further attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotions in Technology Design
Subtitle of host publicationFrom experience to Ethics
EditorsRebekah Rousi, Jaana Leikas, Pertti Saariluoma
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-53483-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-53482-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesHuman–Computer Interaction Series


  • aesthetics
  • well-being
  • ethical design
  • ageing
  • technology generations


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