Miniclass: Toward Sustainable Interaction Design

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APR 20th 8:00AM PDT; 11:00AM EDT; 4:00 PM GMT; 8:30 PM IST

30 min


Sustainable Interaction Design (SID) aims to create products and services that have a positive impact on people’s lives while minimizing negative impacts on the environment. The goal of SID is to create digital products and services that support sustainability in various ways, such as reducing energy consumption, promoting social inclusion, and minimizing waste. As Interaction Designers and Service Designers we can leverage tools to add value to this process.

It’s time to default to inclusion & sustainability

First, notice that the year 2030 is supposed to be when many corporate and government targets are achieved. Why? To bring balance and pull the planet away from climate chaos and catastrophe as the default.

“The Climate time bomb is ticking” -António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (March 2023)

Next, the IPCC Report March 2023 describes itself as a guide for defusing the (climate) bomb. It also emphasises this is likely the last actionable warning (“final warning”) before we move past climate tipping points. It’s this reason UX and Service designers must bring urgency to this emerging skill set.

Finally, Kate Raworth’s Donut Economics leads us toward what Google Sr. User Research Chris Golias called Donut-Centered Design. The ‘Donut Model’ gives us a dual design emphasis: protect the human center (Inclusive Design) while attending to the sustainability priority areas set by the UN (SDG or Sustainability Development Goals).

Sustainable interaction design, as important a focus as AI?

We are all adapting to and adjusting to generative AI as a thinking tool. Now, a focus on inclusion as well as sustainability is needed to replace how design was done in pre-2020 standards (Human Centered Design, Interaction Design and Service Design). Look at AI chatbots like ChatGPT, for an interesting case for why inclusion needs to be tackled now.

1. ChatGPT was deeply racist before it was muzzled  (and inclusive design techniques were used to socialize it).

2. AI bots are not sustainable at all…(sustainability is not being considered). Ironically, AI can be used to help achieve sustainability goals. A topic we will cover in this webinar.

What you’ll learn: This 30-minute short webinar (Miniclass) will gives you an understanding of how sustainability can be proritized alongside Inclusive Design. Frank Spillers will discuss how Sustainable Interaction Design with the Donut-Centered design model can bring UX and Service Design methods and mindsets to design challenges, including using AI for sustainability.

Topics we will cover in this Miniclass:

  1. Defining Sustainability urgency for UX & Service Designers
  2. Applying a Donut-centered design approach for inclusion & sustainability
  3. Sustainable Interaction Design mindset
  4. How we can use AI to help achieve sustainability goals
  5. Q&A

About Miniclasses:

A brief, but deep-dive into a topic, led by Frank Spillers. The sessions provide an orientation to key points on a topic. The sessions are FREE to members of the UX Inner Circle. Apply to join, or try it free for 30 days…(billing starts month 2, cancel anytime). Also see: What kind of people join the UXIC?

Date: 20 Apr 2023

08:00 am PDT

11:00 am EDT

04:00 pm BST

05:00 pm CEST

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