Life-based design: An approach to design for life

Pertti Saariluoma, Jaana Leikas

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    The analysis of human life can as well form the beginning of human-technology interaction design as technological considerations. In this paper, we present a design paradigm called life-based design. Its basic concept and tool is the form of life (FoL). Forms of life are combinations of rule-following actions (RFA:s) with such attributes as biological, psychological and socio-cultural facts and values that people follow. The crucial innovative step in life-based design is the transformation of the rule-following actions into technology-supported actions (TSA:s). Life-based design thus presents a way to ground technology development on the investigation of life. Indeed, this is logical as technology is always for life and only for life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-33
    Number of pages7
    JournalGlobal Journal of Management and Business Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • life-based design
    • interaction design
    • forms of life


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