A sustainable identity: The creativity of an everyday designer

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Wakkary, Ron, & Tanenbaum, Karen. (2009). A sustainable identity: The creativity of an everyday designer. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09), 365-374. doi:10.1145/1518701.1518761

Date created: 
2009
Keywords: 
Sustainability
Everyday design
Users
Design-in-use
Appropriation
Ethnography
Domestic
Abstract: 

In this paper we explore sustainability in interaction design by reframing concepts of user identity and use in a domestic setting. Building on our own work on everyday design and Blevis’s Sustainable Interaction Design principles, we present examples from an ethnographic study of families in their homes which illustrate design-in-use: the creative and sustainable ways people appropriate and adapt designed artifacts. We claim that adopting a conception of the user as a creative everyday designer generates a new set of design principles that promote sustainable interaction design.

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English
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Article
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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
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