[Event] Chicago IxDA --Topic: Sustainable Interaction Design --Wed October 8th

26 Sep 2008 - 4:04pm
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Hello fellow Chicagoans,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 8th for our next Chicago IxDA

Frank Gruger, and his colleagues from Orbitz, will be facilitating a
discussion on Sustainable Interaction Design. As interaction designers we
may have felt immune to the call of sustainability and the green movement.
Up until now it seems to have been largely the concern of architects and
industrial designers connected to the use of green materials. However, as
active players in the product and marking life cycles, we bear
responsibility for driving consumer behavior, desire, consumption, and
eventual disposal of our products and services.

Eli Blevis of the School of Informatics at Indiana University coined the
term Sustainable Interaction Design in a 2007 article "Sustainable
Interaction Design: Invention & Disposal, Renewal &
Reuse<http://eli.informatics.indiana.edu/P503-blevis.pdf> ".
In this article he raises questions which will drive our discussion.

Some examples:

94% of PCs don't meet the requirements for running a full version of Vista.
Where is the interaction designer's responsibility in creating software that
drives obsolescence?

While Apple has taken great strides in using green materials they are the
leaders in rapid obsolescence. Should the interaction designers at Apple be
pushing for a longer product horizon for their designs? How can interaction
design create products which encourage longevity?

Further reading can be found at:


Hosted By: Orbitz
When: Wednesday, October 8th
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (Please arrive promptly. Guests may not be allowed in
after 7PM)
Address: 500 W. Madison -10th Floor
Food and drink will be served

Please RSVP by filling out this form:


We need to give names to the front desk, so please RSVP by Monday, Oct 6th.
You will see a confirmation screen after filling out the RSVP form with the
contact phone number.

PLEASE NOTE: RSVP's for this event are more limited than previous events.
Walk ins will not be allowed and the RSVP form will be shut down once we
reach our max. Please only RSVP "yes" if you are certain you can come.
Otherwise you are preventing a fellow IXDAer from attending!

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