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Design for human flourishing

I am a strategically minded UX designer. My aim is to uncover which principles should be embodied in future products, so they become means for people to make the most of their life. Understanding how people work is essential, so I look to psychology, age-old principles, and what real people do.

How it started

I always wanted to design cars. But after seeing my first design come to life I thought: is this it? It made me struggle for a while. I started to look to the things I had done and what made them fulfilling to me. I slowly realized that what I really care about is supporting people.

Who is this guy?

  • 👀perceptive
  • 💭holistic thinker
  • 🌞enjoy the little things

I want to learn...

  • questioning assumptions even more thoroughly
  • 🌍what weird things I take for granted about myself and the world I live in
  • 😊how design can contribute to societal good

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read about my vision on design and wisdom

Why good design needs to embody wisdom

Wisdom is knowing what to do in order to be effective. In my eyes, to design, is to aim to be as wise as you can be. Is anyone who tries to be effective a designer then? Yes, of their own life, and whatever they are responsible for. But professional designers are responsible for artefacts that many people will use.

Good design makes people flourish. Bad design contributes to waste and depression.

We love something when it fulfills our needs. We all hate, abandon, and dispose of things that don't fulfill our needs. We are taught to desire things that don't help us grow. Products, services, experiences, and environments built on a sound understanding of what makes us flourish, are conducive to us living fulfilling lives. Anything else is at most a good example of what not to do. In my eyes, good design makes people flourish and bad design contributes to waste and depression. When you aim to be as wise as you can be, you can start to align outcome with intention. And thus, good design requires research, experiment and lots of reflection. And sometimes, lots of patience. If we are to take care of ourselves and our planet, we should try to design with as much wisdom as we can. It's really simple, just not easy.

When you aim to be as wise as you can be, you can start to align outcome with intention.

I believe wisely designed artefacts can stimulate wise behavior. Because when designers can understand people, they may also help people to understand themselves. They may cause someone to experience a paradigm shift, which fosters reflection. Or they may support someone in changing their behavior altogether. The power of design is that its outputs can be endlessly reproduced. Wisely designed artefacts can facilitate many people in stepping up as a wise designer of their own life and surroundings.

Wisely designed artefacts can facilitate many people in stepping up as a wise designer of their own life and surroundings.

If anything designed from now on is designed as wisely as possible, and helps people to flourish, the world will not be the same. That's my vision. But designers do not operate in a vacuum anymore. Artefacts are rarely stand-alone. Everything is connected. This means that finding pieces of wisdom requires more time, and money, than ever. Maybe, new ways of approaching the design of artefacts need to be researched and implemented. We all want to do good. But to do right, that's the real challenge I see before myself. Maybe we'll never figure it out. But I know what I want to contribute to.

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