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."

The long-term positive effects of a healthier lifestyle on self-image, general health and overall well-being have been proven within many studies (Hausenblas, 2006). The other way around, studies predict that a negative self-image triggers behaviour that leads to weight gain and further development of a lower body satisfaction (Neumark-Sztainer, 2006).

I believe that by means of design, self-image can be influenced positively on short term. Moreover, I believe that this influence contributes to the initiation of a positive reinforcement between healthier lifestyles and self-image, as a positive self-image affects short-term decision-making, which affects maintenance of healthier lifestyles. So instead of being a one-way positive direction, healthy lifestyle on self-image, it will become a two-way positive relation: where one enhances the other and vice versa.

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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