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Sustainable HCI: Blending permaculture and user-experience

  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.

  • Date:

    10 June 2017

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  • Publisher

    Association for Computing Machinery

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


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).



Permaculture, user experience (UX), blending theory

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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

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