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Permaculture as a foundation for sustainable interaction design and UX

Egan, Callum; Benyon, David; Thompson, Richard


David Benyon

Richard Thompson


The main objective of this work is to gain an understanding of the relationships between UX and permaculture. This will deliver insights as to how digital media development can support the need for people to live and work in more ecologically conscious ways and how UX design can become more sustainable. In this respect, it is an attempt to produce sustainability both in and through design. We employ a makers approach to understanding permaculture and its relationships with UX in both physical and digital spaces. The work utilizes ideas from blending theory (Fauconnier and Turner, 2002) to generate conceptualizations of ecologically effective sustainable interaction design (SID) spaces. We employ material anchors to ground complex ideas of sustainability in augmented physical gardens.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name British HCI 2017
Start Date Jul 3, 2017
End Date Jul 6, 2017
Acceptance Date May 12, 2017
Publication Date Jul 3, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2017
Publisher BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Book Title Proceedings of British HCI 2017
Keywords Permaculture. Blended Spaces. Sustainable Interaction Design. User Experience. Gardens.
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Contract Date Jun 2, 2017


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© C.Egan, D. Benyon, R. Thompson| ACM 2017. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in HCI '17 Proceedings of the 31st British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference,

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