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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


Call for Participation: PhD by Design, 5-6 November, Goldsmiths University, London

PhD by Design: Researching across difference
Department of Design at Goldsmiths
5th and 6th of November 2015

PhD by Design especially invites designers undergoing or having completed a practice-based PhD within and outwith design departments. This two day event...

Call for Papers: Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

Position Statements @ UBICOMP 2015

Workshop on Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

Osaka, Japan - September 7-8, 2015

Submissions due: 19 June 2015

WORKSHOP GOALS  - This workshop (held in conjunction with the UBICOMP 2015: The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ISCW 2015: The 18th International Symposium on Wearable Computers) will bring together researchers and practitioners to reflect on the use of participatory design methods, especially in the context of design for wellbeing.

Swiss Design Network Symposium

Unfrozen – 1st Design Research Winter Summit

After three years in hibernation, the Swiss Design Network invites you to Unfrozen, the 9th SDN Symposium and the first SDN Design Research Winter Summit – January, 28-31 2016.

Society for Social Studies of Science Conference

The 4S 2015 Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA from 11-14 November. Calls for papers are now open. Further information can be found at

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.