METUX - A Wellbeing Design Framework for Practice

There is a great need for practical tools to help designers and researchers incorporate wellbeing research into practice.

For this reason, we recently spent half a year collaborating with Richard Ryan (originator of Self-determination Theory and world-leading wellbeing psychologist) to develop the "Motivation, Engagement and Thriving in User Experience (METUX)" model.

An article describing the model has just been published in the journal, Frontiers in Psychology.

The model provides a framework grounded in psychological research that allows HCI researchers and practitioners to form actionable insights with respect to how technology designs support or undermine basic psychological needs, thereby increasing motivation and engagement, and ultimately, improving user wellbeing.

We propose that in order to address wellbeing, psychological needs must be considered within at least five different spheres of analysis including: at the point of technology adoption, during interaction with the interface, as a result of engagement with technology-specific tasks, as part of the technology-supported behavior, and as part of an individual's life overall. Otherwise, important contradictory effects can be missed. After all, a technology can appear to support wellbeing at one level but severely hinder it at another level (think of tech addiction that provides momentary need-satisfaction at the moment of use but disrupts psychological need satisfaction at the life level.)

The article also includes a set of questionnaires for measuring wellbeing at these various levels.

Read the article here:
Frontiers in Psychology, 28 May 2018