ICF creates a framework allowing all conditions to be compared using a common metric. Furthermore, ICF examines functioning and performance of people as a dynamic interaction between the individual, the activity and the environment. Daily routines are illustrated through activity typologies. A single activity typology is created by mapping ICF classes to individual forms of life (FoL). Some examples of an FoL could be “sleeping”, “cooking a meal” or “buying groceries”.
The forms of life (FoL) is a basic tool used in the framework of Life-Based Design. Its main idea is to take analysis of human life as the ground concept for designing technology-supported services. The form of life is influenced by environmental factors and person typology, comprising of socio-cultural, biological, psychological attributes. Through understanding the factors that influence the FoL, we can identify if any adverse changes are happening and point out the reasons why they could have happened.