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“Go Green at home”

An idea of sustainable living for all in everyday life.

You Le Chong MA Interaction Design 2008 Degree project Umea Institute of Design

living for all in everyday life. You Le Chong MA Interaction Design 2008 Degree project Umea

role of Interaction

Design in Sustainability?

“What could be the

Introduction

As a final examination, the students of Master in Interaction Design programme have to develop a project in co-operation with a company, demonstrating their skills as interaction designers. is project lasts about 20 weeks starting from 21st January 2008.

I am an Interaction Design Master Student with a professional background as a Research Designer for 4 years. I have always been interested in the environmental topic and I questioned myself a lot on what could be the role of an Interaction Designer in Sustainability for the past 2 years.

Research Background

Today, more and more people are aware of the importance of sustainability. Everywhere, every time, everyone is talking about global warming, deforestation, pollution, waste management…; sustainability has become the hottest topic to speak about. No doubt, the environment awareness has increased dramatically in the recent years.

Efforts are now put into developing environmental friendly materials, technologies, products and infrastructures to make products and packaging recyclables and recycled. But, without end users proper behaviour or participation, these efforts are useless.

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When the recyclable product arrives at the end of its life, it still reaches a crossroad: be repaired, trashed or recycled. Now, the knowledge of waste management has increased, some has already practicing the proper domestic waste management: waste disposal, recycling, composting. But it appears that there are lots constraints:

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Time : extra attention need to be put to understand, practice and remember

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Distance : recycling, discompost and waste disposal go into different places of the town

“Another recycling sunday!”

Project Goal

End users are not implicated enough in waste management. With the extra efforts that are required and the constraints in recycling, people feel even more reluctant to participate. How can we waste management be more enjoyable or less troublesome for the user?

In general, people are aware of the importance of sustainability but they usually do not know enough about what is behind the scene. More trust or transparency into the effort in waste management could make a difference and convince them.

On the other hand, some users who are really motivated to do it face unexpected complications. e waste management knowledge is needed and the non-standardisation of the systems require a persistent attitude from the user to keep up his/her will in staying green.

e intention is to create a new user experience, bringing the green to home and more tangible. Concurrently, make the waste management impact more obvious and solve the constraints of time, space and distance.

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Project Intention

doubt and trust: waste management impact convenient and troublesome : ease of use

existing waste management systemmanagement impact convenient and troublesome : ease of use waste management system proposal Methodology Exploration

waste management system proposaltroublesome : ease of use existing waste management system Methodology Exploration phase: Observe, document and

Methodology

Exploration phase:

Observe, document and analyze the way people naturally practice green Read and research about how waste management is carried out: its capabilities, limitations, procedures, Review new techniques, technologies and materials that could be appropriate for the new design

Design phase:

Conduct participatory design activities to involve the users with the design proposals Build low and high fidelity prototypes to test and evaluate the new system

Documentation Website/blogging will be used to track and document the work, and hopefully to share and get feedback from external collaborators and tutors.

Deliverable (preliminary) Final Design Physical Interactive Solutions Experience Prototype Low/high fidelity

Deliverable (preliminary)

Final Design Physical Interactive Solutions

Experience Prototype Low/high fidelity interactive system

Ethnographic Studies Distilled and illustrative

Design Incentives Scenarios, videos (story telling)

Presentation

A middle and final

Exhibition

in media/fairs (discussable)

Budget (preliminary)

UID degree show fees

10 000

Hardware devices and sensors

5 000

Research Literature

2 000

Video materials

5 000

Printing costs

3 000

Prototypes materials

4 000

Communications

1 000

Travellings (to users, company, research trips)

3 000

Attendance to conference

12 000

Total

45 000 SEK (~ 4800 EUR) (~ 7000 USD)

Timetable (preliminary) January February March April May June Exploration Research Visits Meeting

Timetable (preliminary)

January

February

March

April

May

June

Exploration Research Visits Meeting collaborators Documentation

Ideation Participatory design I Hardware sketching Lo-fi prototyping User scenarios (Video) Documentation

Participatory design II Evaluation of Design Design Development Hi-fi prototyping Documentation

Design refinement Building final prototypes Planning for presentation Writing report

Presentation work Exhibition work Finalising the Report

21

Project kick-off

18, 19

Mid Presentation

28, 29

Pre-examination

12

Report submission

4

Final submission

presentation (5min)

Prototype ready

19

Examination presentation

of report + DVD

 

21

Preparation of exhibition material

5

Opening of Degree Exhibition

26

Photo Session

ank you!

Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Contacts

Umea Institute of design Östra Strandgatan 30 Umeå University SE-901 87 UMEÅ, Sweden Tel +46 (0) 90 786 69 96 Fax +46 (0) 90 786 66 97

You Le Chong Pedagoggrand 1C:215, SE-90 730 UMEÅ, Sweden Tel +46 (0) 73 031 00 85 chongyoule@gmail.com