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Presentation Risto Lähdesmäki – Design for Happiness

Thijs Pepping
April 18, 2018

Our current research topic is called “Digital Happiness” and we’re exploring new ideas about how companies should interact with their clients and employees. This time we want to share the idea and vision from Risto Lähdesmäki – ‘Design for Happiness. Lähdesmäki shared his vision with us and our clients during our event In Pursuit of Digital Happiness in Brussels on November 9-10 2017.

Lähdesmäki’s design firm Idean has a truly client centered design approach, which helps while aiming for Digital Happiness. He describes really interesting cases such as their design proces for 23andMe, the first genetic analysis service available directly to consumers that includes health risk and ancestor reports. Another interesting case is the design they did for engineering giant Sandvik. Idean’s design vision and principles are thorough and have the end-users happiness in mind. Watch Lähdesmäki’s take on Digital Happiness and enjoy!
If you like the presentation and want to stay up to date on the latest trend in Tech, consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.     About Risto Lähdesmäki Based in Palo Alto, CA, Risto Lähdesmäki leads the global Idean management team, covering: design, operations, sales, marketing and finance. Idean is a global design firm that works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to create long-lasting relationships with their customers, through truly enchanting and elegant experiences. The design firm which was founded in Finland in 1999.   About the In Pursuit of Digital Happiness events Two recent deep dives with a group of  IT Executives gave us more insights in how our current research topic “Digital Happiness” is going to evolve. We’ll share the videos recorded at these meetings that we’ve organized in the coming months. Both in the US (Chicago) and Europe (Brussels) business executives, media experts and academia shared their views on the massive transformative impact of digital technologies. The fundamentals on which the program In Pursuit of Digital Happiness was based are simple: the technological and financial limitations of digital progress have been dealt with. The real question to answer for businesses to be successful in the society that emerges is, “What do we desire?” Happiness, in the broad definition by the school of positive psychology – from fun and the daily pleasure to getting in a state of flow, and the rewarding feeling of living a meaningful life and doing meaningful things – guided the discussions about the social desirability.  

About the author

Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society.


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