Thursday, May 28, 2015

What positive computing approach are you taking in your designs?

The positive computing book lays out a simple model for the approach your designs can be taking, I summarize it here:

Approach Description Example
None Happiness ignored Most applications today - no attempt to make users happy
Passive (reactive) As issues are found which effect happiness, features are redesigned Comment systems allowing anonymous comments. As anonymous comments filled with negativity, comment systems evolved to allow enforcing a user identity, and to block "bad" users. [TBD: Get a better example]
Active Augmenting existing features to make users happier Bing home page - displaying beautiful images that makes users happy.
Deliberate The goal of the feature is user happiness exclusively Happify- a tool to train users ot be happier

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