Designing for Life: A human perspective on technology development

Pertti Saariluoma, José J. Cañas, Jaana Leikas

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    Life-based design (LBD) turns traditional technical design and development thinking upside down - or, to be more precise, places it on its feet. The process of design thinking should focus first on asking what is needed in life and how people wish to live, and thereafter on what kinds of technologies can serve this goal. Most technological ideas can be explained by 'a human need', but not all technical solutions can be justified in terms of the benefits of the good life. LBD thinking, by defining the contents of relevant knowledge in relation to different forms of life, meets the human needs of a modern society and contributes to improving the quality of life of its citizens. The first question that innovators, designers and developers following LBD should ask is how they can improve the quality of human life and design a good life.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages267
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-53047-9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-137-53046-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeC1 Separate scientific books


    • life-based design
    • design thinking
    • human-technology interaction
    • HCI
    • HTI


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