Interaction Design in Sustainability

29 Nov 2007 - 8:43pm
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Youle
2007

Hi,

I am an Interaction Design student from the Umea Institute of Design in
Sweden.

I am taking my master degree in Interaction Design and am now preparing for
my graduation project, which will last for 20 weeks starting from
20thJanuary 2008.

The theme I want to develop is: What could be the role of Interaction Design
in Sustainability?

Here is a link to my project goals:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2075/2074280267_ed119bfc81_o.jpg

My directions in this topic are still fuzzy and I need more concrete studies
before I nail down my project scope, here are some leads that I may use, but
nothing is defined yet:

Most people nowadays are aware of the importance of environmental
sustainability, but how to involve them more?
How to make people willingly participate into environment sustainability?
How to give a significant feedback or obvious visibility to the people when
they participate in ecological practice?

I would like to have your feedback on the theme that I have selected.
I would also like to know, does sustainability affect any of your design
decision making?
If you have any information related to the theme, I would be delighted to
know.

Last but not least, I am also looking for sponsorship. If anyone knows
companies which may be interested in sponsoring my study (or maybe one of
you), any information is gladly welcome.

Thanks,
You Le

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30 Nov 2007 - 8:13am
White, Jeff
2007

Hi You Le,

I think your project is a very interesting and worthwhile one, and
frankly one that IxDA has not paid close enough attention to, in my
opinion.

It has come up a few times on the list:
http://beta.ixda.org/search.php?tag=sustainable

Also, see these resources:

ACM Digital library - CHI 07 presentation on sustainable interaction
design (I saw this presentation and it was quite good, I suggest
contacting the author of this paper). http://tinyurl.com/32n2f8

Web page of author above: http://tinyurl.com/yrfl6f

Blog entry about two references above: http://tinyurl.com/ynlqpl

Hope this is helpful. Good luck, and please keep the list posted on
your progress and results.

Thanks!
Jeff

On Nov 29, 2007 9:43 PM, You Le Chong <chongyoule at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I am an Interaction Design student from the Umea Institute of Design in
> Sweden.
>
> I am taking my master degree in Interaction Design and am now preparing for
> my graduation project, which will last for 20 weeks starting from
> 20thJanuary 2008.
>
> The theme I want to develop is: What could be the role of Interaction Design
> in Sustainability?
>
> Here is a link to my project goals:
> http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2075/2074280267_ed119bfc81_o.jpg
>
> My directions in this topic are still fuzzy and I need more concrete studies
> before I nail down my project scope, here are some leads that I may use, but
> nothing is defined yet:
>
> Most people nowadays are aware of the importance of environmental
> sustainability, but how to involve them more?
> How to make people willingly participate into environment sustainability?
> How to give a significant feedback or obvious visibility to the people when
> they participate in ecological practice?
>
> I would like to have your feedback on the theme that I have selected.
> I would also like to know, does sustainability affect any of your design
> decision making?
> If you have any information related to the theme, I would be delighted to
> know.
>
> Last but not least, I am also looking for sponsorship. If anyone knows
> companies which may be interested in sponsoring my study (or maybe one of
> you), any information is gladly welcome.
>
> Thanks,
> You Le
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30 Nov 2007 - 11:23am
Nick Quagliara
2007

You can also try contacting Erik Stolterman who is part of the
Sustainable Interaction Design Research Group (SIDRG) at Indiana
University (where Eli Blevis the author of the aforementioned paper
teaches). Erik Stolterman also happens to come to Indiana University
from the Department of Informatics at Umeå University.

-from a proud Indiana University HCI graduate

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30 Nov 2007 - 12:59pm
White, Jeff
2007

Go Boilermakers. :-)

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 09:23:09, Nick Quagliara <nquaglia at gmail.com> wrote:
> You can also try contacting Erik Stolterman who is part of the
> Sustainable Interaction Design Research Group (SIDRG) at Indiana
> University (where Eli Blevis the author of the aforementioned paper
> teaches). Erik Stolterman also happens to come to Indiana University
> from the Department of Informatics at Umeå University.
>
> -from a proud Indiana University HCI graduate
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=23145
>
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
> Register today: http://interaction08.ixda.org/
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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30 Nov 2007 - 1:22pm
Richard I. Anderson
2005

Look for a forum entitled, "Sustainably Ours" edited (and sometimes
written) by that unnamed author (???) in upcoming issues of
interactions magazine (under new management), as "announced" in
http://riander.blogspot.com/2007/07/on-green-design.html .

Richard

At 9:13 AM -0500 11/30/07, Jeff White wrote:
>Hi You Le,
>
>I think your project is a very interesting and worthwhile one, and
>frankly one that IxDA has not paid close enough attention to, in my
>opinion.
>
>It has come up a few times on the list:
>http://beta.ixda.org/search.php?tag=sustainable
>
>Also, see these resources:
>
>ACM Digital library - CHI 07 presentation on sustainable interaction
>design (I saw this presentation and it was quite good, I suggest
>contacting the author of this paper). http://tinyurl.com/32n2f8
>
>Web page of author above: http://tinyurl.com/yrfl6f
>
>Blog entry about two references above: http://tinyurl.com/ynlqpl
>
>Hope this is helpful. Good luck, and please keep the list posted on
>your progress and results.
>
>Thanks!
>Jeff

--
-----
Richard I. Anderson
http://www.riander.com/
http://riander.blogspot.com/
http://www.acm.org/interactions/

2 Dec 2007 - 9:22pm
Youle
2007

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. It has been a very revealing
weekend for me reading through all the links that you all have shared.
The article "Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention & Disposal,
Renewal & Reuse" by Eli Blevis is very inspiring.

Mike Jones from Smart Design also recommended a few reading
opportunities:
1. Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
2. Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and
Do by BJ Fogg
3. Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling
4. Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory B Lovins & L Hunter
Lovins

Besides, there are a few videos from TED which are pretty
interesting.
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/74
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/104
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/2

After reading the links that you%u2019ve shared, I started to rethink
about my previous leads.
No doubts, more and more people are paying attention in this area.
Engineers, scientists, academics, governments, designers creating new
technologies, new systems, new materials, new regulations, new
products everyday trying to make the earth greener.

But, to make it works we need the participation from the people
(user). Now products designs are emerging into human centered design.
If we make a little shift in this, and achieve sustainability not
through material or manufacturing but through behaviour of people
around products, what will happen?

If we could have the ability to make a little change on people
behaviour, maybe we could stimulate the people by influencing them
rather than taking over control. For example the 2-stage-toilet-flush
system gives people the choice of flushing. They are not forced but
educated indirectly. Does this approach works? How can it be
implemented more in design to achieve sustainability?

It returns to my first few questions, what makes people participate
more in sustainability? Is it feedback?

I am not sure where am I heading with all these questions. I would
like to find a way to achieve environmental sustainability through
interaction design approaches.

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2 Dec 2007 - 9:33pm
Marijke Rijsberman
2004

Youle,

In answer to your question "what makes people participate in
sustainability?": their friends. Same thing as what makes them lose/gain
weight, to mention an example that made it into the news very recently.

I'm sure there are social networking applications that would help shift the
tipping point.

Marijke

3 Dec 2007 - 1:56am
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

Youle,

In the last century, US corporations have developed a billion dollar PR
industry to promote desire driven, consumerist economy. Watch BBC
documentary 'The Century of the Self' by Adams Curtis for one informed
account [1, 2]. Incidentally the public relations industry hires interaction
designers as well [3].

The movement for the sustainable living is essentially anti-consumerist,
therefore swaying public opinion will not be easy unless you have a billion
to pay PR to produce campaigns for sustainable living. Perhaps you could
come up with a good viral marketing scheme. For instance, an exciting widget
for a social networking sites (Orkut, Facebook, MySpace)?

Oleh

[1] The documentary by Adams Curtis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6gVaNXkMTk
[2] An excerpt where Edward Bernays explains how he started PR in the US:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0OrT-8gXMs
[3] Recent job ad posted to this list by well known PR firm:
http://gamma.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=22344

3 Dec 2007 - 7:01am
Dave Malouf
2005

For those in NYC on Jan 24th I thought I'd give a little heads up
that the NYC IxDA in association with O2NYC organized a panel on the
subject of Sustainable Interaction Design moderated by Executive
Creative Director @ frog design NYC, Robert Fabricant and will
include a great panel of practitioners, writers and academics. More
info will be coming soon about this event as it draws near, but put a
placeholder on your calendar for now.

-- dave

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4 Dec 2007 - 2:47am
kara rae gareza
2007

Hi Youle,

You said....

For example the 2-stage-toilet-flush
system gives people the choice of flushing. They are not forced but
educated indirectly. Does this approach works? How can it be
implemented more in design to achieve sustainability?

It returns to my first few questions, what makes people participate
more in sustainability? Is it feedback?

First thought that came up in my mind after reading this bit and your
question was...the option to participate or making the option to
participate available and accessible.

K

4 Dec 2007 - 3:38am
stauciuc
2006

Hi Youle,

Very good observation that people behavior is important. I would even say
that people not only have to be involved, but they must actually drive the
change towards sustainability. I would put it like this:

People's *attitude* towards sustainability can be positively influenced by:
- catastrophes caused by climate change; their lives being affected
- anticipation of these catastrophes and/or their lives being affected; the
impact here depends on how credible the message is and how well it's
delivered (see IPCC and Al Gore <http://almaz.com/nobel/2007-prizes.html>)
- their friends, as Marijke put it. This is a very good point: when acting
sustainably gains enough weight to become a sign of moral status, everyone
will aspire to it.

People's *behavior* can change when:
- they have the right *attitude
- *they have the right enablers (products, services, communities) for a
sustainable behavior

People's behavior, in the end, can drive the change, because, well, we
provide for the user, right? If enough people change, the industry will have
to change too.

So, when it comes to people and sustainability, we can either *help change
attitudes*, or e*nable behavior* once the right attitude is in place. And
both pieces need working on.
That's how I think about it, at least.

Sebi
**

>
> But, to make it works we need the participation from the people
> (user). Now products designs are emerging into human centered design.
> If we make a little shift in this, and achieve sustainability not
> through material or manufacturing but through behaviour of people
> around products, what will happen?
>
> If we could have the ability to make a little change on people
> behaviour, maybe we could stimulate the people by influencing them
> rather than taking over control.

--
Sergiu Sebastian Tauciuc
http://www.sergiutauciuc.ro/en/

4 Dec 2007 - 1:03pm
Doug Anderson
2004

Hello You Le,

You might want to join the Sustainable CHI group and explore your topic there: http://groups.google.com/group/sustainable-chi

Eli Blevis at Indiana U had a paper at CHI 2007 entitled "Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention & Disposal, Renewal & Reuse" that's available on the web: http://design.informatics.indiana.edu/designii/eli/images/9/90/P503-blevis.pdf

As for impact of sustainability considerations on my designs, my work primarily involves application software. Usability is a contributor to sustainability as computer & human time and mental & physical effort have associated costs. I try to design so that paper input/output is unnecessary and not a path of least resistance for people using my applications. Efficient data storage and processing logic also reduce power consumption and hardware costs. Every little bit helps.

I wear other design hats in my home life & avocations. There too, sustainability is always a design factor, though not always my primary consideration.

I applaud your choice of topic & hope you enjoy your project!

Peace,
Doug Anderson

Original message:
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:43:43 +0100
From: "You Le Chong" <chongyoule at gmail.com>
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Interaction Design in Sustainability
To: discuss at ixda.org

Hi,

I am an Interaction Design student from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden.

I am taking my master degree in Interaction Design and am now preparing for my graduation project, which will last for 20 weeks starting from 20thJanuary 2008.

The theme I want to develop is: What could be the role of Interaction Design in Sustainability?

<snip>

I would like to have your feedback on the theme that I have selected. I would also like to know, does sustainability affect any of your design decision making? If you have any information related to the theme, I would be delighted to know.

Last but not least, I am also looking for sponsorship. If anyone knows companies which may be interested in sponsoring my study (or maybe one of you), any information is gladly welcome.

Thanks,
You Le

4 Dec 2007 - 2:49pm
Doug Anderson
2004

Hello again You Le,

The latest issue of Implications newsletter from InformeDesign at the University of Minnesota bears on your topic. You can have a look at
http://www.informedesign.umn.edu/Newsletter.aspx

All the best,
Doug

7 Dec 2007 - 10:57am
Youle
2007

Hi all,

These few weeks had been really dense and constructive for me. I had
learned so much and see so many new things about sustainability,
ecology and ways to approach my project. I am overwhelming with the
helps and support.

I took a step back yesterday trying to digest all the information. I
came down with lots of great ideas. What I need to do now, is to
rethink about my project focus and make a decision which ideas should
I proceed with.

I will keep you posted with my progress.

Thanks again for everything.

youle

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11 Jan 2008 - 7:43pm
Youle
2007

Hi,

I am youle, an interaction design student from Umea Institute of Design.

In November 2007, I was seeking for advice in IxDA for my degree project in
Sustainability. During the past years, I always asked myself about the role
of interaction designer in sustainability... and still I wasn't sure but I
hope through this degree project, I could have some answers and would find
my own positioning in this field.

After my preliminary research and observations, I realized that people are
aware of the importance of sustainability and more and more are practicing
the proper domestic waste management at home: waste disposal, recycling, and
composting.
But, it appears that, lots of constraints occur in these activities:
(a) The constraints of time
(b) The constraints of distance
(c) The constraints of space

So, I have decided to work on this area of my studies and called it "Go
Green At Home".

The intention of my project is to create a new user experience, bringing the
green to home and make it more tangible. Concurrently, make the waste
management impact more obvious and less constraints in time, space and
distance. If you would like to know details more about my project brief,
please feel free to download it at
http://static.scribd.com/docs/e1wjmg5e51rc.pdf.

If you are interested in collaborating and sponsoring this project which
will last for 20 weeks, please contact me at chongyoule at gmail.com, I will
send you my portfolio and links to my previous works.

Thanks again for everyone feedbacks and contributions.

Happy New Year.

Best Regards,
Youle

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