With the common rhetoric of the ‘digital detox’ and ‘switching off’, there is an assumption that mindfulness and technology are mutually exclusive. Challenging this assumption, this project built a manifesto for designing technology that takes care of the people who use it.
Embedding ourselves within the Mindfulness Everywhere team, we tapped into their extensive knowledge and experience of mindfulness and technology industries. Using this as a base, we engaged with relevant literature, and interviewed relevant industry experts. Building on this, we collected case studies from a range of well known digital products to identify their mindful (or not-so-mindful) characteristics, whilst gaining an understanding of how various elements across graphic design, search algorithms, notification structures, UX, UI, and service models influence a user's state of mind.
Synthesising our learnings, we generated a series of principles for designing technology that looks after the people who use it. While these were ‘design principles’, we recognised that design is impacted by several external factors, and therefore the principles speak, not only to design processes, but also a company’s culture and mission. Accompanying these principles, we developed a series of design concepts, to illustrate and communicate how these principles might look like in practice.
The full list of these can be seen on the Designing Mindfulness website