Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy

Using Human-Centered Design to Treat Winter Depression

  • Jannik Götz

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Jannik Götz
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  3. Jannik Götz
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  4. Jannik Götz
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  5. Jannik Götz
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  6. Jannik Götz
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  7. Jannik Götz
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-227

About this book


Jannik Götz develops a treatment concept for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as winter depression. Unlike existing solutions that focus on medical remission only, the author aims at creating a user experience that is alleviating symptoms of this disease in a motivating and hassle-free way. By utilizing a variety of research techniques, the author gains valuable user-driven insights that are directly transformed into a novel approach to light therapy. The result is a light lamp that resolves shortcomings and issues of current treatment approaches. A business plan and its associated requirements complement the overall concept.


  • Seasonal Affective Disorder and its Characteristics
  • Human-Centered Design Research
  • Design and Product Development
  • Business Plan

Target Groups

  • Lecturers and students in psychology, industrial design, user experience design, product management
  • People working in product development, industrial and UX designers as well as scientists and psychologists interested in winter depression and its treatment conditions.

The Author
Jannik Götz completed his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, Germany, before finishing his master’s degree in Design and Product Management at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, Austria, and at Jönköping University, Sweden. Today, he is working for an international lighting company in Germany. 


Light Therapy Treatment of Winter Depression User Experience Design Light Lamp Biological Clock Industrial Design Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD Lichttherapie Winterdepression

Authors and affiliations

  • Jannik Götz
    • 1
  1. 1.BühlGermany

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