Design Research Society

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A Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Design for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness

sigwelllogoGood design can bring broad benefits to society and so design research can help to meet the challenges of health, wellbeing and happiness of people in the future.  SIGWELL is a new community with an interest in advancing knowledge, and the development and application of design research in the broadest sense to improve the personal and societal health, wellbeing and happiness of people.

SIGWELL warmly welcomes members with interests in furthering design research which impacts upon health, wellbeing and happiness.  This includes (but is not limited to):

the design of products, environments and services for health and wellbeing

how design impacts upon happiness (and other emotional states)

the development of new tools and approaches for health and wellbeing design research

evidence-based design.

SIGWELL provides an international platform for researchers, design practitioners, design educators, students and the general public to exchange knowledge about design for health, wellbeing and happiness. Doctoral students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to join.

The SIGWELL community will connect, communicate and collaborate through an online community (LinkedIn® Group) and through a programme of events and strands at international conferences.

SIGWELL is convened by Dr Rebecca Cain (University of Warwick, UK), Dr Phil Breedon (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Prof Richard Coles (Birmingham City University, UK).

For more information, contact Dr Rebecca Cain This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Design4Health 2015

Synergies of Practice : 3rd European Conference on Design4Health

Sheffield, UK  13-16 July 2015

Call for papers, posters and exhibition proposals

Design4Health is a biennial conference that brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods.

An Internet of Small Things

'Narratives in An Internet of Soft Things’

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

23-27 February 2015

The event brings together the Arcintex research community in smart textiles, architecture and interaction design, with the UKRC research project An Internet of Soft Things, concerned with the development of co-design methodologies for mental wellbeing service communities.

Provocative Plastics - Call for Papers

Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world.  They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless, they are controversial:  for some they are beautiful and adaptive; for others unauthentic and destructive.

Aalto University seeks new professor

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland, is looking for a new professor in design, especially Fashion Research. Details of the position can be found here.

Learn x Design

The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design

June 28 - July 1, 2015 Chicago, IL, USA

Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC