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Sustainable HCI: Blending permaculture and user-experience

Benyon, David; Egan, Callum

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David Benyon



Abstract

For approximately 10 years the SIGCHI Sustainable HCI (sHCI) and Sustainable Interaction Design (SID) communities have debated the contribution that HCI can make to sustainability. However, there has been little real progress in the field with few, if any, methods arising that take the discipline further. In this paper we present an approach to sHCI and SID that involves doing. Building on approaches from the maker community we propose to blend aspects of permaculture — an approach to sustainable agriculture — and user experience (UX) design to produce gardens that demonstrate sustainable practice and deliver a good UX. By blending the constructs from UX with those from permaculture and expressing the blends through the " material anchor " of gardens we create novel design interventions. These lead to user experiences that invite people to reflect on what sustainability really means and how people can make a difference.

Citation

Benyon, D., & Egan, C. (2017). Sustainable HCI: Blending permaculture and user-experience. In DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (39-43). https://doi.org/10.1145/3064857.3079115

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name DIS: Designing Interactive Systems
Start Date Jun 10, 2017
End Date Jun 14, 2017
Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2017
Publication Date Jun 10, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2017
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 39-43
Book Title DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems
ISBN 9781450349918
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3064857.3079115
Keywords Permaculture, user experience (UX), blending theory
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/849376
Contract Date Jun 2, 2017

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© D. Benyon, 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 DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, ACM New York, 978-1-4503-4991-8
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3064857.3079115







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