DIS’12 Workshop: Designing Wellbeing (June 2012, Newcastle UK)

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Dates: 11-12 June 2012
Website: http://di.ncl.ac.uk/designwellbeing/
Deadline for submissions: 16 March 2012

This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working on wellbeing in the field of interaction design or health care, or are interested in the topic.

Wellbeing is defined as positive mental health, it is not only the absence of mental illness but the presence of positive psychological functioning. The workshop aims to establish a foundational agenda for interaction design research around this concept of wellbeing. It will provide a platform to share experiences and resources, create new ideas for design and build valuable future collaborations. The workshop will further include activities that allow for the experience of different aspects of wellbeing. Moreover, workshop attendees will be invited to collaboratively create design concepts that have the potential to support peoples’ wellbeing and will develop first prototypes using Gadgeteer.


Submission by: March 16th, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: April 16th, 2012
Workshop days: June 11-12th, 2012


We invite authors to submit their 1-2 page workshop papers using (DIS paper format) describing research or experience in all areas of designing wellbeing. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • theoretical foundations and definitions of wellbeing;
  • discussions of challenges in designing wellbeing;
  • design concepts or developments of wellbeing enhancing technologies;
  • user or case studies of how interaction designs have been appropriated to support wellbeing;
  • guidelines, implications or lessons learned for engaging users in the design process or evaluation of wellbeing supporting designs;
  • methods and tools for measuring wellbeing.

Authors are further invited to include a 100-200 word definition of their understanding of wellbeing to stimulate discussion.


Submissions should be send to anja.thieme@ncl.ac.uk. Workshop papers will be reviewed by a program committee and the workshop organizers. All workshop participants must register for both workshop days and for at least one day of the main conference. Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website (http://di.ncl.ac.uk/designwellbeing/<https://owa.northumbria.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://di.ncl.ac.uk/designwellbeing/>).

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the workshop.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.


Anja Thieme, Newcastle University, UK
Madeline Balaam, Newcastle University, UK
Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University, UK
David Coyle, University of Bristol, UK
Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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