Ritual Design Projects

Our Ritual Designs

We have created our own Ritual Design concepts & implementations. Please explore them below, and link to their project pages for fuller description.




Market Street Wishes

Market St. Wishes on circle
During our Zen Door installation in downtown San Francisco for April 2015’s Market Street Prototype Festival, we constructed a wish ritual for passers-by to stop — think of a wish — write it down on a tag — and tie it onto our Zen Door.

Now that the Festival is over, we saved the hundreds of wish tags & will be posting them here to capture & honor these wishes.

Market St. Wish #4: Je Souhaite trouver le bonheur <3
Every day we will be posting one of the Market Street wishes that was tied ...

IdeaPOP: a ritual design generator

Ideapop app

IdeaPop: a ritual design app from Margaret Hagan on Vimeo.

 


Our Sketchbook of ritual design concepts



An inventory of rituals

We are collecting examples of rituals — big, small, old, new, collective, personal. We hope these will be useful for ritual designers to find patterns & inspiration.

Some of them are “ritual design:, where the designers, artists and developers have tried to create new, playful, concept designs & design interventions that draw on more traditional rituals or try to build new ones.

Want to add a ritual to our inventory? Submit it to us here, at the bottom of the page.

Dropbox took a humorous path and made a pitch video with puppets. Intended audience seems ...
Divorce Makeover Ritual
The New York Times has an article in their Fashion and Style Section, After Weiner’s ...
Magic ritual to trap autonomous cars
Artist James Bridel designed a trapping ritual for an autonomous car as a way to bring ...
To Do Cup ritual
Sunday night is high stress: so many meant things to do. I have crafted a ...
The To- do Cup Ritual
Productivity is one of the major Self-Ritual, life-Hacking themes we've found in our lab. So ...
Cursing as a ritual
The Case for Cursing in the New York Times lays out the magic that ...
Chris Murchison of the HopeLab has been working on gratitude rituals in workplaces -- non-profits, ...
The Fail Cheese Ritual
We realize there could be a whole branch of Failure Rituals -- ways that people ...
Tax Day Love Money ritual
Jolene Brink writes of her tax rituals in Tax Day Is My New Year’s Eve, ...
Letter writing ritual box
To better follow through on my New Year's resolution of writing more mail, I designed ...
Mourning a Fired (Disruptive) Employee ritual
In our Stanford d.school class on designing rituals for organizations, we gave some case studies ...
Day-After-Election Anger Rituals
In the wake of November's election, we've remixed some other mourning and dealing-with-problem rituals into ...
The Value of High-Intensity, Extreme Rituals
The Puzzle of Extreme Rituals, is a class and stream of research at the University ...
A New Credit Card Ritual recipe
We are experimenting with the best ways to capture a ritual. One model is the ...
The artist Jenny Suhonen has a video documenting her burial ritual of other people's burdens. ...
Designing Food Rituals
In our ritual design work, we are coming across a few themes -- family, productivity, ...
Redesigning Mondays via Rituals
IDEO NewYork partnered with Studio360, a WNYC radio show hosted by Kurt Andersen, and crafted ...
Market St. Wish #4: Je Souhaite trouver le bonheur <3
Every day we will be posting one of the Market Street wishes that was tied ...
Baby Blessing Ritual
A ritual reported by one of our visitors: Participant dresses up and kneels while burning previously-prepared ...
Funerals for robot dogs
Robots dogs that are no longer supported by Sony, which made them, are being laid ...
Devotional Gardening
Our colleague Carl Di Salvo’s Public Design Workshop has a nice example of a ritual ...
AnxietyBox for deleting your anxieties
AnxietyBox is an interesting little ritual product that writer/programmer Paul Ford created.  The problem: anxieties ...
Smartphone apps for Happiness & Calm
The NYTimes reviews 3 smartphone apps to encourage meditation, gratitude exercises, and calmness. The apps: Calm: guided ...
Ritual Shop, bringing meaning into the mundane
Ritual Shop is a Tumblr blog full of ritual design work, from Lillian Shi Tong. ...
Jeff Bridges’ Sleeping Tapes
A funny kind of soundtrack for go-to-sleep rituals, from the actor Jeff Bridges -- he's ...
Out of The Closet t-shirt ritual
Another design project from Purin Phanichphant, this time about a man & his tshirts -- ...
Authenmathai, a Thai food machine
Authenmathai is a Thai-food-making machine from designer Purin Phanichphant. He made it while doing an ...
Enchanted Objects
David Rose, an inventor and a MIT Media Lab professor wrote a book on enchanted ...
Coffeemaker — Manual
Manual is a design driven brand from Chicago, focusing on rituals and meaning over routine. ...
Wait, what? Cremating Human Remains Into Diamonds…
I was intrigued when I first heard this rather interesting business from one of our ...
Feng Shui Rituals for a New Home
Philip Wong, a Feng Shui master, wrote the article Feng Shui Rituals for a New ...
Rituals to Clear Out Bad Home Energy
From Apartment Therapy, here is a list of Traditional Rituals to Clear Out Bad Home ...
Place design for healing rituals
Esther Sternberg studies how places -- and the design of spaces -- can affect humans' ...
Turkish kolonya refresh ritual
A sketch of a very ordinary Turkish ritual, that occurs when you visit someone's home ...
Applying a Fire God Ritual into Product Design
A book chapter from Cross-Cultural Design,  A Study of Applying Sakizaya Tribe’s Palamal (The Fire ...
IDEO’s Childbirth Ritual concept designs
via IDEO Imagines Five Products That Remake the Ritual of Childbirth | Co.Design | business ...
Apple Product Unpacking rituals
This story from Forbes on the importance of packaging highlights a quote from Walter Isaacson's ...
Russian departure ritual
Here is a ritual I experienced in small-city Russia.  Before you leave for a big ...
Makeshift issue on ritual & creativity
Makeshift — A field guide to hidden creativity has a new issue out, all about ...
Birthday rituals for adults
An interesting idea via How to Celebrate the Perfect Birthday (9 Ideas) by Kevin F. Adler ...
10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal from entrepreneurs & creatives
via 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal - 99U. Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash ...
Creative Routines
An infographic of artists' & writers' creative rituals, from Info We Trust.
Sun Dial: Exploring Techno-Spiritual Design through a Moblie Islamic app
Sun Dial: Exploring Techno-Spiritual Design through a Mobile Islamic Call to Prayer Application is a ...
Cem rituals from Alevis in Turkey
The Alevis are a sect in Turkey. This BBC 4 documentary on different religious practices ...
Baby-Jumping to clean them of sin in Spain
In the small town of Castrillo de Murcia, people jump over infants laid down on ...
Telling a story every night to my kids before going to sleep
With a startup of which I am a cofounder, work gets intense and family time ...
Daily Rituals of artists, a book by Mason Currey
via Mason Currey's site, where his book Daily Rituals is profiled: Franz Kafka, frustrated with his ...
Daily Rituals of Famous Authors 
via Daily Rituals of Famous Authors | Mason Currey. All of us have the same 24 hours a ...
Late night suit rituals
There is something magical, useless & bizarre about David Letterman's 1980s series of suit-related adventures.  ...
People & their Things: organizing & home rituals
The WBUR radio show Here & Now has a piece on De-Cluttering Your House ...
Feather ritual from Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson's film The Darjeeling Limited is chock full of rituals -- or constructions that ...
Decluttering ritual
via From Japan, Marie Kondo explores the joy of minimalism at home. The Detroit Free Press Katherine ...
Human castles of Catalonia
A short documentary on a cultural community ritual, in which people make castles out of ...
Conversation Rituals & Baby Development
Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds - NYTimes.com. A study ...
Neil Young & his Cars
Neil Young Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars : NPR. Rock star Neil Young discusses ...
Watermelon cutting, watermelon eating
This is a ritual for choosing & eating a watermelon. It's practical but respectful.  It's ...
Death Over Dinner
Death Over Dinner  is a strong deep service/interaction design concept that  I come across recently about ...
Prayer Companion
A quick postcard from MOMA, with it's design exhibit featuring one ingenious prayer machine that ...
Small body behaviors for use in rituals
Lifehacker is full of small daily things to do to make life a little livelier.  ...
Puppies as wellbeing service
My framework on well-being design & bringing rituals into our lives reminds me of an NPR radio ...
Meditation Apps
Smartphone Apps that help you to meditate, relax, recenter, and take control -- during busy ...
Sprituality As We Eat
A NYTimes article today on "Mindful Eating", from a Buddhist tradition.  After each bite, pause, ...
Calming Tech, Spiritual Tech
Stanford's d.school has taught D.Compress: Designing Calm class last year, it will be offered again ...
Catholic Confession App
How can technology spark religious reflection -- including the not-so-exciting task of seeing where you've ...
Magic Shirts
Is it possible to think of words as technology? We live in a world of  hyper-linked ...
Skypanukkah + other Virtual Rituals
Julie Scelfo at the The New York Times had a piece today profiling how families ...
The Rosary Ritual & Yoga Mantra Ritual: for good breathing
Luciano Bernardi, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy, published ...
Frontier Vest
Frontier vest is a conceptual product developed by Azra Aksamija from MIT. As it is described ...
Mobile Friday Sermon
At first sight, i thought mobile friday sermon app is a proposal for muslims who need ...
Enmac, Islamic smart phone
Perhaps one can download Islamic apps for smart phones, but Indian developers think it needs ...
Sajjadah, a smart prayer rug
Sajjadah is a smart prayer rug designed by Soner Ozenc for muslims to find their ...
Survival Mosque, by Azra Aksamija
Azra Aksamija, now a PhD student at MIT, has some interesting projects at the crossroads ...



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