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The Life-centred Design Guide

An introduction to designing more regenerative and socially just products—includes exercises, tools, and resources


The Life-centred Design Guide

An emerging practice that expands human centred design to be more sustainable, regenerative, and just

For designers, product owners, decision-makers and innovators wanting to design a more sustainable and kind future

Life-centred design expands human-centred design to include consideration for the planet and all lifeforms by aligning designers with global goals.
As it is still emerging, however, life-centred design is practised by only a few, and how it is practised varies.

A diagram showing product designers at the micro level connected to global goals at the macro level

The Life-centred Design Guide analyses these various approaches to synthesise a ‘future snapshot’ of what an evolved framework might be.

Introducing the Life-centred Design Compass, Design Pillars, Strategies, and Lenses, the guide also provides an introduction to 11 key supporting practices:

  • Circular design
  • Inclusive design
  • Pluriversal design
  • Systems thinking
  • Distributed design
  • Sustainable web design
  • Behavioural design
  • Interspecies design
  • Biomimicry
  • Foresight
  • Human-centred design

Complete with exercises and accompanying online resources, The Life-centred Design Guide is for anyone who is interested in implementing transformational change within product and experience design from both the ground up—regardless of design experience or role—and from the higher levels of business where power is held and decisions are made.

Free resources

The Life-centred Design Guide also comes with exercises, tools and resources created specifically for the guide

Example-Life Centred Purpose
Example-Lifecycle Map
Example - Phygital Map

About the author

Damien Lutz is a Sydney-based UX/UI Designer and researcher, author of the speculative design guide Future Scouting and two science fiction novels, The Lenz and Amanojaku. He also writes about emerging and experimental design on Medium and runs workshops and guest lectures.

Damien has made it his personal purpose to scout the fringes of design to empower the community with more awareness of what can be done with design to create a kinder and more regenerative world, for today and tomorrow.

His game version of Future Scouting was an honouree Education Design Initiative in the 2021 Core77 Design Awards, and his One Heart Treaty concept was a semi-finalist in the United Nation’s 2020 Futuring Peace initiative.

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