Guest Lecture on Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention & disposal, renewal & reuse by Eli Blevis

This talk presents the perspective that sustainability can and should be a central focus of interaction design—a perspective that is termed Sustainable Interaction Design (SID). As a starting point, design is defined as an act of choosing among or informing choices of future ways of being. This perspective of sustainability is presented in terms of design values, methods, and reasoning. The talk proposes a rubric for understanding the material effects of particular interaction design cases in terms of forms of use, reuse, and disposal, as well as several principles to guide SID. The talk illustrates particular examples of design critique for interactive products and appeals to secondary research, and how two of these principles may be applied to move the effects of design from less preferred forms of use to more preferred ones. Finally, a vision for incorporating sustainability into research and practice of interaction design is described.

Dr. Eli Blevis teaches in the School of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University at Bloomington. [Sharon taught with him in Chicago at the Institute of Design, IIT. John Heskett knows him as well.] He has a PhD and MS in Computing & Information Sciences. His undergraduate degree is in Music. His dissertation was titled A Computational approach to creative reasoning systems (1990). Discovering Design after developing much expertise in the above areas, the was the Director of Strategic Design and User Experience Design for UNext, reporting to Don Norman; he also was Research Faculty at The Institute for Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, working with Roger Shank.