1st Edition

Design for Behaviour Change Theories and practices of designing for change

Edited By Kristina Niedderer, Stephen Clune, Geke Ludden Copyright 2018
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    Design impacts every part of our lives. The design of products and services influences the way we go about our daily activities and it is hard to imagine any activity in our daily lives that is not dependent on design in some capacity. Clothing, mobile phones, computers, cars, tools and kitchenware all enable and hold in place everyday practices. Despite design’s omnipresence, the understanding of how design may facilitate desirable behaviours is still fragmented, with limited frameworks and examples of how design can effect change in professional and public contexts.

    This text presents an overview of current approaches dedicated to understanding how design may be used intentionally to make changes to improve a range of problematic social and environmental issues. It offers a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral overview of different academic theories adopted and applied to design for behaviour change.

    The aim of the volume is twofold: firstly, to provide an overview of existing design models that integrate theories of change from differing scientific backgrounds; secondly, to offer an overview of application of key design for behaviour change approaches as used across case studies in different sectors, such as design for health and wellbeing, sustainability, safety, design against crime and social design. Design for Behaviour Change will appeal to designers, design students and practitioners of behavioural change.

     Part I Design for Behaviour Change: its Background and Significance, Chapter 1 Introduction: Designing for Behavioural Change, Chapter 2 Design’s Intrinsic Relationship with Change and its Challenges for the 21st Century, Part II Models, Methods and Tools for Design for Behaviour Change, Chapter 3 Introducing Models, Methods and Tools for Design for Behaviour Change, Chapter 4 The Product Impact Tool: The Case of the Dutch Public Transport Chip Card, Chapter 5 Design Interventions for Sustainable Behaviour, Chapter 6 Design, Behaviour change, and the Design with Intent Toolkit, Chapter 7 Tweaking Interaction through Understanding the User, Chapter 8 Design for Healthy Behaviour, Chapter 9 Facilitating Behaviour Change through Mindful Design, Chapter 10 Practices-Oriented Design, Chapter 11 Futuring and Ontological Designing, Chapter 12 The Hidden Influence of Design, Chapter 13 Summary of Design for Behavioural Change Approaches, Part III Applying Design for Behaviour Change, Chapter 14 Design for Behaviour Change: Introducing Five Areas of Application and Related Case Studies, Chapter 15 Design for Behaviour Change and Sustainability, Chapter 16 Design for Behaviour Change for Health and Wellbeing, Chapter 17 Design for Behavioural Safety, Chapter 18 Is ‘Nudge’ as Good as ‘We Think’ in Designing against Crime?Contrasting Paternalistic and Fraternalistic Approaches to Design for Behaviour Change, Chapter 19 Design for Social Behaviour Change, Chapter 20 Reflecting on Current Applications of Design for Behaviour Change, Part IV The Current State and Future of Design for Behaviour Change, Chapter 21 Conclusion, Chapter 22 Future Prospects


    Kristina Niedderer is Professor of Design and Craft at the University of Wolverhampton. Niedderer’s research focuses on the role of mindfulness and emotions as a means to engender mindful interaction and behaviour change through design.

    Stephen Clune is Senior Lecturer in sustainable design at Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University. Stephen is a sustainable designer, researcher and educator, his core research interest focuses on how design (and design thinking) can assist in the move towards a sustainable society.

    Geke Ludden is Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, Production and Management at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. She studies how the design of products and services can support healthy behaviour or otherwise contribute to people’s wellbeing.