context

Self-care routines are increasingly trending as people strive for success and perfect lifestyles. There are a collection of morning routine videos on Youtube and series of articles where celebrities share their 6am start routines. The idealised portrayal of routines have encouraged people to do more in pursuit of improving ourselves and being healthier.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2018 wellness was a $4.2 trillion global industry, more than half the size of all global health spending ($7.3 trillion). Wellness trends are luxurious and encourage consumerist tendencies. Perhaps the current wellness industry is promoting an unsustainable way of living, supporting an obsession of self-optimisation. 

How can we do less by embedding mindful acts into our everyday? 

How can processes of ritualisation cultivate mindful routine practices that facilitate noticing?

intention, motivation

framework

ROUTINE, RITUALITY, MINDFULNESS, BOREDOM, INTUITION, WONDER

audience

Working young professionals 

In preparation for the work/ creative day

Community 

Council

Mental Health Organisations

Headspace

Beyond Blue 

major project proposal

(n)ever changing everyday

The project intends to cultivate mindful everyday routine practices through a process of ritualisation. It aims to design a space that supports a choreographed performance of actions. It is motivated by the need to engage with moments of slowness and boredom as a way of absorbing, processing and intuitively discovering the nuances of the everyday. 

 

The project will engage with the duality of stable routines and change. It will concern itself with issues of over productivity and ideas of what constitutes success. In addition it will address the importance of well-being and self-care in a time where anxiety and depression are increasingly prevalent.

stakeholders

The project will proceed with a sensitive approach to ensure the design facilitates mindful routine practices without being forceful. It aims to be embedded into the everyday as opposed to an obstruction. 

It plans to utilise suggestions that will guide the user to perform everyday gestures with more care and attention. These suggestions will take form as spatial arrangements, a performance or an ensemble of parts that frame specific actions, such as boiling water. 

Moving forward the project hopes to explore the role of automation, and how to incorporate moving parts that become dependent on the performer, possibly inventing/ incorporating new daily gestures. Therefore creating a carefully choreographed ritualised routine involving a collaborative performance between people, objects and technology.

site/ situation

proceeding with caution

resolving the project

Model making

Prototyping

Film (Performative) 

Animation 

Joinery + Kinetics

Drawings

Renders 

Podcast/ publication ?

schedule 

week 3

Analysis of routines and gestures - specify

site analysis

research ritual case studies

initial design explorations 

week 4 

Design exploration (in response to gestures and site)

materials testing - tactile

model making 

case studies and readings

week 5 

Design exploration and development, prototyping, testing

week 6

Design development, prototyping, testing, publication/ podcast?

Mid Semester

Website, Design development, publication/ podcast?

week 7

Finalising details of design, start making final objects, models? 

week 8

Finalise design, 3D model, base drawings 

week 9

Rendering, filming, website 

week 10

Final Draft 

week 11

Final Draft Presentation 

week 12

Edit

week 13

Edit

week 14

Finalise 

week 15 

Final Presentation