Mafalda Casais

Mafalda Casais
University of Lisbon | UL · CIAUD

PhD in Design

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Introduction
I'm interested in design research, currently related to immersive environments, the topic of design for peace and product/tech-mediated meaning and well-being.
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • PhD
Education
September 2006 - December 2011
Technical University of Lisbon
Field of study
  • Product Design

Publications

Publications (25)
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This paper proposes the use of design tools and studio environment in psychology teaching, based on a type of outcome that is already produced in this field—interventions to support people’s well-being. In a class with 24 students from a post-graduation study in positive psychology, we introduced a sequence of six canvases (persona, empathy canvas,...
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For a positive global future, it is fundamental to tackle the existing web of psychological, economic, sociological, and cultural processes reflected in current education systems. Confronted with complex issues that are essential to the stability of civilizations, we need more voices addressing a critical analysis of education in its key role. This...
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Hope is a timeless phenomenon that has witnessed a re-emergence in recent times and has been conceptualized and measured in many different ways. The Perceived Hope Scale (PHS) intends to measure hope in an unbiased way, asking people directly about their experienced levels of hope. This paper presents the validation and psychometric evaluation of t...
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Emotions are fundamental in people’s lives. Both positive and negative emotions are important because they create complex and rich experiences. Several strategies for designing with emotions have been explored from designing for meaning, to designing for pleasure or for rich experiences. While there has been a great focus on tangible products in em...
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Design tools assist designers in their practice and enhance or streamline their abilities: for example, computer software, printed canvases, websites, mobile applications, card sets, or physical prototypes. Designers can use these tools for different functions like empathizing with people, getting to know the context they are working with, or makin...
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Design tools assist designers in their practice and enhance or streamline their abilities: for example, computer software, printed canvases, websites, mobile applications, card sets, or physical prototypes. Designers can use these tools for different functions like empathizing with people, getting to know the context they are working with, or makin...
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Design is a practice-based discipline, which is reflected in its education methodology. In this context, consuming complex knowledge might prove challenging, because designers think and work in a predominantly visual way. However, being able to master precise subjects offers a unique advantage in design, in contrast with a dispersed and superficial...
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Informed by positive psychology and the fields of urban studies, design, economics, political philosophy and sociology, this paper presents an exploration of different conceptual models of happiness and well-being and considers their potential to be applied in an urban context. It introduces the ideas of ‘public happiness’ (felicitas publica), ‘rel...
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Mood trackers are very prevalent nowadays; however, most of them are designed for the general public, without much concern for mental health issues or targeting people in therapy. The aim of this paper is to report an introductory analysis of what mood tracker applications in the present look like, pointing out strong points and some negative sides...
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A psicologia informa o design como disciplina na construção dos seus modelos teóricos, ferramentas, e metodologias de trabalho, etc. O mesmo não se pode afirmar em relação à influência do design na disciplina da psicologia. Não obstante, aquilo que esta área científica produz-e em particular o seu ramo que estuda o bem-estar humano (a psicologia po...
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Virtue is a fundamental aspect of well-being. Past research has proposed that emotional-driven design can be a powerful mediator towards supporting virtue. However, virtue-focused solutions generally target isolated actions. Here, using saving as an example of virtuous behavior we present a design cas —Billy Cash, a digital piggy bank that allows u...
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The symbolic meaning of a product can contribute to people’s well-being. Previous research (Casais et al., 2016) has identified six distinct well-being enhancing symbolic meanings in products (based on Ryff, 1989): positive relations with others, personal growth, autonomy, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and self-acceptance. To support desi...
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The symbolic meaning of a product can contribute to people’s well-being. Previous research (Casais et al., 2016) has identified six distinct well-being enhancing symbolic meanings in products (based on Ryff, 1989): positive relations with others, personal growth, autonomy, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and self-acceptance. To support desi...
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Symbolically meaningful possessions have the ability to make intentions tangible, to remind of aspirations and to keep successes fresh. This videography is a compilation of stories about objects with symbolic meaning, reflecting on the contribution of the material environment to the subjective well-being of individuals. Trailer: https://vimeo.com...
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Material possessions with happiness-related symbolic meanings can provide a contribution to subjective well-being (happiness), because they remind owners of memories, achievements, or aspirations. Such possessions provide an anchor for personally meaningful narratives, help in the construction and communication of self-identity, represent personal...
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Poster presented at the 10th International Conference on Design and Emotion, Amsterdam
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Using design to improve the lives of people towards a positive flourishing state is the main premise of Positive Design. Our contribution to this growing field focuses on making use of the symbolic meaning that design can have to bolster human happiness. This paper presents the development of a card set for designers aiming to inspire design for ha...
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The SIM toolkit for designers (composed of a card set and a website) aims to inspire design that is open for symbolic meaning attribution and supports subjective well-being.
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Because products are often discarded while still fully functioning, it may be possible to support durability with design that stimulates a more enduring product-owner relationship. This paper is based on the proposition that one promising approach to support such prolonged relevance is by developing products with a higher predisposition for the att...
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The act of saving money can connect one’s present state to a meaningful future state, especially if we consider money not as a direct source of happiness, but as a resource for engaging in meaningful activities. To explore how design can contribute to making the act of saving more meaningful, we conducted two studies. The first consisted of questio...
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O presente trabalho é um estudo sobre o habitar sustentável que tem como elemento central o consumo de objetos sustentáveis. Argumenta-se que para um objeto ser verdadeiramente sustentável, este deve sê-lo não apenas do ponto de vista físico e mensurável, mas que tenha em conta fatores emocionais para que se estabeleça uma relação com o utilizador...
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While sustainability in Design finds much attention in the literature, the education of sustainability inDesign courses lacks discussion regarding curricula and importance. In an attempt to map the waysustainability is taught in Design Bachelor and Master Courses in the European Union, we begananalysing faculties from a number of EU countries and p...

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This project aims to develop knowledge and methodology that supports designers in their attempts to design for human flourishing.