Art-Based User Research: Combining Art-Based Research and User Research to Inform the Design of a Technology to Improve Emotional Wellbeing

  • Carla NaveEmail author
  • Teresa Romão
  • Nuno Correia
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 265)


This paper presents research output from an experiment that combines ideas from User Research and Art-based Research. Artistic processes inspired the study, in which we asked participants to assess and then “paint” their emotions over emotion-eliciting images using an array of materials, such as watercolors and colored pencils. We used a mixed methods approach that included questionnaires, psychometric data from validated scales and informal conversations. Our primary goals were to inform the design of a mobile application meant to improve emotional wellbeing and assess whether creative self-expression can help to engage users when evaluating and exploring their affective states. We conclude by summarizing the results, which we believe to be positive.


Art-based research Design Emotions Human-Computer Interaction Technology User research Wellbeing 



This work is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia - grant PD/BD/114141/2015 and FCT/MEC NOVA LINCS PEst UID/CEC/04516/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NOVALincs, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaCaparicaPortugal

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