DESIGN’S IMPACT ON GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3: Good Health and Well‑being, World Industrial Design Day™ (WIDD) 2018 will explore ways design can help improve our physical, social, mental and emotional development.
Good health is a common state of being that we all strive to maintain. Its pursuit is universal. It is genderless, ageless, and crosses all nations and people. Most of us however, lack a sense of connection between good health, well-being and design.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. To that end, World Industrial Design Day 2018 will not attempt to develop a new vaccine or explore a cure to any disease, but through the theme Design’s impact on Good Health and Well-Being, WIDD 2018 will engage a global dialogue around design-driven solutions to issues affecting physical, mental and social quality of life. It will scrutinize the quality of our built environment and evaluate its impact on healthy behavior.
Today, thanks to a substantial body of research and a number of high-profile projects, we now know a lot more than we once did about what matters most in people’s lives and how for example the structure of society impacts our well-being.
Participants are encouraged to showcase ways in which industrial design can incite happier, healthier and more enjoyable lifestyles by tackling a cross section of socioeconomic factors such as living and working conditions, as well as environmental factors such as air quality and noise and the design of communities and transportation systems to name but a few.