Further connecting sustainable interaction design with sustainable digital infrastructure design

Eli Blevis, Chris Preist, Daniel Schien, Priscilla Ho

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This paper advances the connections between sustainable interaction design (SID) also known as sustainable HCI (SHCI) and sustainable digital infrastructure design (SDID), building on prior work in the HCI archive. We describe trends in sustainable interaction design. We ask four fundamental questions as a synthesis of SID and SDID, namely how can we reduce environmental harm now, alter practices to reduce environmental harm in the future, alter practices to promote a healthier society, and create new technology and practices to face future challenges? We relate these questions to frameworks of analysis in SID and SDID, as well as to transdisciplinary design. To illustrate the importance of these questions, we present and relate three conceptual design scenario discussions that may be characterized in human-centered terms of analysis as (a) finding balance, (b) resistance to technologies that push more consumption, and (c) observing a day of rest.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third Workshop on Computing within Limits
Subtitle of host publicationLIMITS '17
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781450349505
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventThe Third Workshop on Computing within Limits - Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201724 Jun 2017


WorkshopThe Third Workshop on Computing within Limits
Abbreviated titleACM LIMITS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Internet address


  • Sustainability
  • Interaction design
  • Digital infrastructure
  • HCI
  • Human-centered design
  • Cloud services
  • Specific applications
  • Transdisciplinary design
  • Sustainable design frameworks
  • Design processes
  • Design thinking
  • Day of rest
  • Resolution
  • Disconnecting
  • Finding balance


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