Sustainable Interaction Design

The theory linking sustainability to interaction design and HCI begins with Blevis’s 2007 five principles of sustainable interaction design (SID), namely linking invention and disposal, promoting renewal and reuse, promoting quality and equality, de-coupling ownership and identity, and using natural models and reflection. These five principles still have traction today and continue to frame to significant degree the larger design space of sustainability in HCI. The terms sustainable interaction design (SID) and sustainable HCI (SHCI) are interchangeable. Here at IU, working locally and collaboratively with others internationally, research about how HCI and interaction design are implicated in sustainability include (a) the Rubric of Material Effects (RoME), critical design and design criticism in the perspective of sustainability; (b) durability and attachment, including the design method of personal inventories; (c) re-conceptualizing fashion; (d) sustainable food practices; (e) DIY repair and maker culture; (f) collapse informatics and computing within limits; (g) interaction practices, particularly with respect to cloud computing, and digital energy infrastructure; (h) design for respect; (i) political economy with respect to sustainability and technology. Our profile in this area is global and our work remains the most cited work concerning sustainability in the ACM digital library.

Notable outputs: 1 Best Paper Award at ACM CHI2007; 1 Best Paper Honorable Mention at ACM CHI 2012; 1 Best Pictorial Award at ACM DIS 2014; 1 Best Paper Award at ACM CHI 2016, ACM 21st Annual Best of Computing Notable Item Award; 1 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI2019.