Human-centred design, just better
The best product, place or programme honestly considers who we are designing for. Conscious design is human-centered and needs-based design that balances form and function with softer aspects of people’s lived realities and their influence on how humans interact with the world around them. These softer aspects include occupational, social and cultural parameters that influence human participation.
Designing for occupational, social and cultural dynamics:
My approach to design draws on occupational science and community development practices, prioritising collective well-being as a means and end of design (of places, products or programmes).
Occupational Science is an interdisciplinary field in the social and behavioral sciences dedicated to the study of humans as “occupational beings”. Occupational science (OS) studies human occupations (the meaningful and necessary things that people do every day) and the characteristics and patterns of purposeful activity that occur over lifetimes as these affect health and well-being science. OS is devoted to learning how engagement in occupation can address global health concerns of the 21st century by promoting health, well-being and quality of life across the lifespan.
Community Development Practices promote participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through educating, organising and building the capacity of people within their communities.
Conscious design employs OS and CDP priniciples to engage individuals, citizens and communities in the design process to ensure project results that are sustainable and responsible, optimising impact by priorising human well-being in the process and the outcomes of design.