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Getting a GRIP on work-related stress: design and evaluation of a nature inspired relaxation space

Getting a GRIP on work-related stress: design and evaluation of a nature inspired relaxation space The GRIP project takes an open innovation approach by multiple design iterations together with multiple experts in a relatively new area for design (work-related stress). The GRIP relaxation space offers employees an adaptive environment inspired by nature that reacts to people's presence and creates a personal environment, varying in size, soundscape and animated light. The environment stimulates paced breathing, meditation and helps employees to become more aware and in control of their personal response to stressors and relaxation. The design has been evaluated by 23 experts with backgrounds in design, research and healthcare. These evaluations resulted in very positive responses regarding the low effort required and the high quality of the relaxation experience provided by the design. The open approach has resulted in a design of the relaxation space that provides a platform for further exploration and innovation within and beyond the domain of work-related stress. Keywords: design research; work-related stress; relaxation space; nature inspired design; NID; ambient experience; expert evaluation; prototyping; meditation; paced breathing; product service system; PSS; arts and technology. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: van de Garde-Perik, E., Trevia, F., Henriksson, A., Geurts, L. and Ullerup, H. (2016) `: design and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Arts and Technology Inderscience Publishers

Getting a GRIP on work-related stress: design and evaluation of a nature inspired relaxation space

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1754-8853
eISSN
1754-8861
DOI
10.1504/IJART.2016.078612
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Abstract

The GRIP project takes an open innovation approach by multiple design iterations together with multiple experts in a relatively new area for design (work-related stress). The GRIP relaxation space offers employees an adaptive environment inspired by nature that reacts to people's presence and creates a personal environment, varying in size, soundscape and animated light. The environment stimulates paced breathing, meditation and helps employees to become more aware and in control of their personal response to stressors and relaxation. The design has been evaluated by 23 experts with backgrounds in design, research and healthcare. These evaluations resulted in very positive responses regarding the low effort required and the high quality of the relaxation experience provided by the design. The open approach has resulted in a design of the relaxation space that provides a platform for further exploration and innovation within and beyond the domain of work-related stress. Keywords: design research; work-related stress; relaxation space; nature inspired design; NID; ambient experience; expert evaluation; prototyping; meditation; paced breathing; product service system; PSS; arts and technology. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: van de Garde-Perik, E., Trevia, F., Henriksson, A., Geurts, L. and Ullerup, H. (2016) `: design and

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International Journal of Arts and TechnologyInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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