Designing for Meaningfulness

Designing for Meaningfulness is a way of designing for future technologies which considers meaningfulness in terms of identity and purpose in life in relation to technology – specifically smart products. This methodology developed during a PhD in industry in partnership with FORCE Technology. It introduces potential parameters to help designers explore the concept of meaningfulness and how one might design for it.

Designing for Meaningfulness has been used by design companies, companies developing new smart products and medical devices, and has been presented in over 25 workshops, talks and seminars.

The research includes both a value based investigation of the Mechanics of Meaningfulness and a look at the physical characteristics of products which may enable meaningful experiences, the Manifestations of Meaningfulness. These point to possible parameters which designers and companies can use as starting points for ideating and evaluating their products or services in terms of designing for three scenarios:

  1. People-to-people connections
  2. A person to their sense-of-self
  3. People-to-time


Designing for Meaningfulness is one of the core practices of Kintsugi Design – we approach all of our projects from this perspective.

You can learn more about Designing for Meaningfulness at this website: and through this How-To Guide for Companies.