Tools & Resources


Creative Commons LicenseWe're pleased to share some of the tools we've found useful to bridging wellbeing science and technology practice.  These tools (created by Dorian Peters & Rafael A. Calvo) are free to use and share under Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

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"Motivation, Engagement and Thriving in User Experience" (METUX model)

Journal article

METUX provides a framework and measures for applying psychological needs theory to the technology context.  METUX and foundations for many of the tools below are described in the paper, "Motivation, Engagement and Wellbeing in Digital Experience" in Frontiers in Psychology.  To develop METUX, we collaborated with wellbeing psychologist, Richard M. Ryan (originator of Self-Determination Theory).

A Responsible Design Process

Process diagram + methods library

An upgrade to the design process that integrates ethics & wellbeing into its fabric. We map out the process and provide a list of methods and tools that might be applied at each stage.
View the process.

Wellbeing Cards

This set of 9 cards provide at-a-glance insights into the 3 Basic Psychological Needs (necessary for wellbeing, motivation and engagement) and the 6 Spheres of Technology Experience.  They include definitions, support strategies, and examples of application to everyday technology experience.   You can use these for reference, brainstorming, ideation, troubleshooting or to add a new wellbeing lens through which to analyze your projects.

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References for card content:
- Peters, D., Calvo, R. A., & Ryan, R. M. (2018). Designing for motivation, engagement and wellbeing in digital experience. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY). 
- Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American psychologist, 55(1), 68.
- Ryan, R. M., & Edward L. Deci. (2017). Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness (1st ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

The Spheres of Technology Experience

Reference Sheet

When we talk about supporting wellbeing determinants and psychological needs it’s important to understand there are different spheres of experience in which these can be influenced. For example, a technology might be autonomy-supportive from the software interaction perspective but not in relation to the real-world activity it’s intended to support. This reference sheet can help keep team members on the same page in conversations to do with wellbeing support.
For details, see: The Six Spheres of Tech Experience at Medium.

 Goal/Challenge Layers


Every project has goals and challenges driven by different disciplinary teams. While user and stakeholder goals may be the focus of a UX team, the developers may be tackling various technical challenges. Work in wellbeing-supportive design will additionally have goals and challenges related to psychological wellbeing.  Use this worksheet to think about what kinds of wellbeing goals or challenges are relevant to your project.

CHI 2019 Course slides

As requested, here are the slides from our course at CHI 2019.

Videos on Tech & Wellbeing

Our short and informal interview series, "Perspectives on Tech & Wellbeing" where we speak with leaders in psychology, health and computing about how we can better design technology to support wellbeing. Watch videos...


All technologies, whether created for productivity, communication, entertainment or some other purpose, should be designed in ways that support psychological health.  A few technologies, however, are dedicated entirely to the enhancement of psychological wellbeing, and when we come across one of these "dedicated" tools, we add it to the gallery. We haven't tried them all, but just browsing through the list helps demonstrate the real momentum behind the wellbeing technology movement. Please get in touch if you know of one we should add to the collection.


Creative Commons LicenseThese tools were created by Dorian Peters & Rafael Calvo and are free to use and share.  Please refer to the Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.  

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