Designing Technology for Positive Solitude

Pertti Saariluoma, Juhani Heinilä, Erkki Kuisma, Jaana Leikas, Hannu Vilpponen, Mari Ylikauppila

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    This paper discusses Life-Based Design methodology (LBD) within the context of designing technologies for reaching a state of solitude, i.e., the state where a person wishes to minimize her social contacts to get 'space' or 'freedom'. LBD is a multi-dimensional approach, which emphasises the importance of designing for life, i.e. understanding people's lives (forms of life and circumstances) to derive design ideas and to carry out concept design. In this article, we discuss solitude in relation to the emerging need of rethinking the realization of information society and the desire of 'disconnecting' ourselves from the hectic 24/7 online life. We follow the Life-Based Design process in developing a concept for solitude service, i.e., reaching a state of solitude supported by electronic gadgets.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalModern Behavioral Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • life-based design
    • interaction design
    • HCI
    • solitude
    • user experience


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