The main goal of this course is to create awareness for the role of interaction design concerning environmental and social issues. An interaction designer has a social and public responsibility and should consider the possible impact of design on the society and sustainable behavior.
The course kicks off with lectures on various subjects concerning sustainable interaction design. Students read papers on the subject and discuss them in class. In a self-initiated research they explore a subject more profoundly. To complete the course they present an outline of a design concept (sustainable model canvas) concerning future conditions for sustainable behavior.
Topics covered are designing conditions for sustainable behavior (for example designing digital, interactive applications that can enhance sustainable behavior), sustainable properties of digital designs/digital applications (for example the effect of interaction design and technologies on our future, the link between interactive technologies and the use of resources or renewal & reuse: the possibilities for renewal & reuse of existing objects or systems from the perspective of sustainability).
An example of sustainable interaction design is the website www.freecycle.org It is one of a number of internet-enabled communities that provides a mechanism for people to give unwanted things away to others who might use them rather than discard such things. Also the www.fairphone.com is an example how social issues can be the starting point for a research project or a design concept concerning conditions for sustainable behavior.