Design to support behavior change is getting increased exposure as technology has allowed product...
Design to support behavior change is getting increased exposure as technology has allowed products and services to have a more pervasive role in people's lives. But where does persuasion live? What's caused the tipping point for the growth of this new wave of services? The primary characteristic of our new, connected world is the increasing ubiquity of sensors providing the ability to collect data passively and present it back—via feedback loops and visualizations—in a meaningful way to the user. New "smart products" with personalized intelligence about our behavior help us track how many time we brush our teeth or walk the dog with the hope we'll be better at maintaining these habits. Where do these new offerings map on our landscape of products and services? While more products have an explicit influence on our daily lives, they require you to increasingly relinquish self-determination as a prerequisite for use. How do we design to support behavior change as a value proposition?