Introducing my sister blog: harpie (^___^) design.
Actually this project was seeded from conversations with a colleague in Singapore, Li Ren, when she was doing a research on health and wellness. One of the conclusions we had was that ultimately, people just needed to feel good, feel happy. And recently, the Singapore government also thinks that happiness is the way forward for Singapore, and may even be introducing a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, hehe. There’s also an exhibition going on in Tokyo right now about designs that make people happy.
I’ve had the chance to ponder long and hard about happiness. Personal experience plus observation of what goes on around us everyday have convinced me that happiness is the core of human existence.
Living in Shanghai now, I’ve realized that (young) people here are very grumpy. I think as cities become bigger, more crowded, more overwhelmed with information on every front, and people become lost in their urban pursuits, happiness will become a very precious commodity, even key to sustainability.
So I’ve decided to start a personal project. To investigate happiness. And how design can lead to it. Hopefully one day, this research could turn into design concepts and real life processes that can revive happiness in us sad urban souls.