A Systematic Review of Design and Wellbeing


  • Valentina Marques da Rosa Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Department of Industrial Engineering: Porto Alegre, Braziç
  • Elisabeth Meyer Instituto de Cardiologia (IC/FUC), Department of Health Sciences: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Fabiane Wolff Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Design, Culture and Innovation Laboratory: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Leandro Miletto Tonetto Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Department of Design: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Priscila Brust-Renck Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Graduate School of Psychology: Porto Alegre, Brazil




An increasing number of researches has been focusing on how design can contribute to happiness by trying to increase wellbeing. The focus is providing solutions through design to improve people's lives, thus increasing the appreciation of their lives.  The Ebscohost database was systematically searched for relevant publications about design and wellbeing until 2019. A total of 17 journal articles, published between 2010 and 2018, were included in the research. Data was extracted on macro-theme and category of research, by application area, design, methods, instruments, and focus. Studies on design and wellbeing were explored in the last decade mostly by European researchers. Physical environment, product design, sustainability, and technology are the most common application areas, and most of them have references related to the psychological literature. The main method adopted is experimental and qualitative in nature. The association between design and wellbeing is one that most often targets variables and projects to increase wellbeing instead of discussing how the results will improve positive affect and decrease negative affect to improve people’s lives. The area of research has been growing at a slow steady pace since 2010.