This image represents the brainstorms and ideas around wellbeing this week. Also deciding which topic I’m most interesting in and to work on.

Reflective Image

This blog is for recording my process of research, thoughts/ideas and design. The focus of this studio is on “designing to thrive not survive”.

I decided to choose ‘Moving Stress’ as my topic. Reason being that I’ve moved a lot in my life and feel like I can relate to this issue on a personal level. I believe this will make me empathise with the audience I’ll be designing for and therefore come up with solutions that hopefuly help.
This week we have just been going over the breif, getting into groups, brainstorming ideas and gathering some resarech on our choosen topics.

Double Dimond Model:

Things to keep in mind:

  • Design to thrive not survive: In other words – everyone benefits from actions that contribute to everyday well-being, not just individuals or groups at the extremities. So designing for individuals with a (e.g.) sedentary lifestyle, or who commute is as valid as designing for individuals in a (e.g.) violent relationships.
  • Start with ways in which you could respond, activate or enhance the following points: ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’
    CONNECT: Talk and listen, be there, feel connected;
    GIVE: Your time, your words, your presence;
    TAKE NOTICE: Remember the simple things that give you joy;
    KEEP LEARNING: Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself;
    BE ACTIVE: Do what you can; enjoy what you do; move your mood.
  • Class reading

“All design should be human-centred, it’s as simple as that.”

Observe: View users and their behaviour in the context of their lives.
Engage: Interact with users through both scheduled and short ‘intercept’ encounters.
Immerse: Wear your users’ shoes. Experience what they experience for a mile or two.

On Friday we formed teams and wrote down Mind Maps of ideas surrounding our topic.

Some of the research I found:

For homework over the weekend do Primary and secondary research. Find out what is happening around moving. Keeping in mind the 5 ways of wellbeing.

Most of what I found was a superficial level information on how to deal with moving overseas. Not many of the articles talked about the effects on your wellbeing. However there were a few which were harder to find but none that specifically talked about moving to New Zealand. 

For example these two article below, they maybe practical advice but don’t help with connecting with the new culture and how to overcome the anxiety of change: 

The 7 Greatest Challenges of Moving Overseas And How to
Resolve Them

Some of the main point in this article:
Where Should You Go? What Country and What City?
Your New Home: Should You Rent or Buy?
How Should You Manage Your Money?
What Do You Do With All Your Stuff?
Surrendering Your Brand Loyalties

9 Steps to Get You Ready to Move Abroad

Topics covered in this article:
Save as much money as you can.
Apply for or renew your passport.
Apply for a visa.
Plan ahead for health care.
Do your research.
Contact your bank and phone providers.
Make copies of important documents.
Throw a goodbye party.

The Essential Guide to Moving to Another Country

Moving Checklist Template

This one has a bit more in-depth challenges that come with moving overseas, however doesn’t give you many solutions to the issues you might be facing. 

Is Living Abroad Hard? 10 Things No One Tells You About Moving Abroad

You’ll Change a Lot!
You’ll Likely Lose Some Friends (and Sometimes Family)
You Won’t Always like Where You’re Living
You’ll Miss Birthdays, Weddings and Sometimes Even Funerals
You’ll Get Homesick
You’ll Likely Get Reverse Culture Shock
You’ll Have Less in Common with People at Home
It’s Harder Than You Think to Move Abroad
Some stats on immigration to NZ:

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