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365 Things I Enjoy

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365 Things I Enjoy started as a New Year’s project, but turned into a a regular ritual that helped me focus on enjoying everyday experiences. I’ve written about the experience on the Club Soda blog – read it here. Continue reading

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Adventures of a Well-Being Superhero

Last year at Goldsmiths, I did a design project on well-being. This was the result. Continue reading

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The Story of SuperBetter

This is a moving video about how a game can help you to live longer.

SuperBetter is a game about helping people increase their positivity and resilience by doing small tasks such as shaking someone’s hand or getting up out of your chair every hour. It’s a lovely story, and watching this video could increase your life span by 7.5 minutes! Or even by 10 years if you take it seriously enough.

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Lecture at Nottingham Trent University

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I am running a project with Steve Rutherford at Nottingham Trent University on the course I studied on a few years ago.

There are 30 students on the course. The project is an exercise in research methods, this year with a focus on well-being. I gave a lecture about well-being theories in order to help the students start the project. I also have spoken to each of the eight groups three or four times to help them progress their ideas.

It is the first time I have lectured, and the first time this design project on well-being has been run at Nottingham Trent. I have enjoyed it a great deal so far. The crit is tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of research and the areas identified as appropriate to design for.

IDEO method cards were used in this project but were an occasionally difficult fit with the nature of investigating well-being.

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Superhero Workshop at The Monday Club

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The Monday Club is an evening salon run by Container and The Assembly in my studio every two months. This month’s theme was First Thought Best Thought. The two speakers were Daniel Pemberton, an award winning film composer, and Leila Johnston who spoke about making things fast. Food was by the delicious Blanch and Shock. Luise from Container ran a Blind Artist workshop, where people did blindfolded self portraits, and I ran the Superhero Badge Workshop.

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Nic Marks talks about well-being

In January I went to a talk by Nic Marks of the New Economics Foundation (nef), a think tank with leading expertise on well-being. The talk was hosted by Action for Happiness. They’ve just put the talk online so you can see it for yourself. Continue reading

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