Portfolio - Daphne Menheere

here you will read about the vision on design, design identity, work of Daphne Menheere

Vision on Design

"I believe that to stimulate healthier lifestyles it is vitally important to additionally improve one’s self image on short term."

Current research evidence suggests a relation between physical activity and self-image. In general, a high physical activity level positively influences self-image. However, when exercising because of low body satisfaction reasons such as weight control (Tiggerman, 2000), the negative self-image is reinforced: a downwards spiral can be realised.

Through design I believe I am able to establish an upward spiral: where a positive self-image engages a higher physical activity level which positively influences self-image. My vision is to use this upwards spiral as a design opportunity to positively influence self-image based upon physical activities in the short term, to stimulate being physically active on long term.

Design Identity

"Even though I have always liked to 'groom' myself, when recovering from a motor accident, I truly experienced how this grooming contributed to my self-image and how this was connected to my overall well being."

Like many other young girls, I was very interested in appearance related topics like fashion and make-up. This interest grew after my recovery from a motor accident at the age of 15. At first I felt sad, as I was scarred all over my body. By searching different ways to feel better about myself, like dancing, using make-up, spray tanning, clothing, eating behaviour et cetera, the scars eventually did not bother me anymore. Due to these activities, I experienced a strong connection between my overall well-being and my self-image. So by positively influencing my self-image, I found a way to cope with my accident and to feel good again.

Because of this experience, I am able to treasure and understand the positive relation between self-image and overall well-being. Combining this experience with my interest in healthier lifestyles (which also contributes to well-being), has formed the base of my design vision, which makes this vision very true to my heart. I therefore see myself as a vision driven designer where my ability to empathise is essential.

As a person I am very approachable and easy-going that values making other people smile. This is resembled in the way I involve users within my design process.

"I strongly believe that the way you want to deal with personal health, self-image and empowerment through design with regards to perceived daily activity is a unique offering and position."

Carl Megens


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