Values that Matter

Mediation theory and Design for Values


  • Merlijn SMITS Radboud University Medical Center
  • Bas BREDIE
  • Harry van Goor
  • Peter-Paul VERBEEK University of Twente



Values that Matter, Design for Values, Design for Value Change, Mediation Theory, Responsible Design


Philosophy of technology could bring new insights when applied to design practice. This paper brings together mediation theory and design for values. We present a new design for values methodology: Values that Matter. Via the four phases; explore, conceptualise, anticipate and test, VtM allows for anticipating value dynamics. It starts with the assumption that value expression and definition arise in the interplay between users and technology. An extensive mediation analysis then helps to provide insight in and allows for anticipation on potential effects of technology on users and value dynamics, something that current value sensitive design approaches cannot deliver. Those insights are tested with involved actors to bring about best values by design. VtM has been applied to the case study of ViSi Mobile, a medical device developed for continuous monitoring of vital signs in hospitalised patients. A redesign was proposed that better empowers these patients.




How to Cite

SMITS , M. ., BREDIE, B., van Goor, H., & VERBEEK , P.-P. . (2019). Values that Matter: Mediation theory and Design for Values. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 398–407.