Book Review “User Experience in the Age of Sustainability”

In her book “User Experience in the Age of Sustainability - A Practitioner’s Blueprint”, Kem-Laurin Kramer presents some first ideas that may develop some day to the research field of “sustainable user experience design and research”. As the subtitle suggests, practitioners will not find well-tested ready to use tools addressing sustainability issues. Instead, the book provides some basic thought provoking ideas that help and inspire user research professionals in starting with sustainability issues.

The book is organized in five chapters:
  • Chapter 1 discusses the interrelationships of sustainability, user experience, and design
  • Chapter 2 presents some approaches to sustainable user experience
  • Chapter 3 relates sustainable user experience to a general product design life cycle and outlines a framework for sustainable user experience
  • Chapter 4 further develops the framework and complements appropriate user research methods
  • Chapter 5 discusses different product quality factors in relation to sustainability and presents some case studies for sustainable products


Call for Papers: Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change

Within the scope of the INFORMATICS 2014 conference: "Big Data – complexity master" (22nd-26th of September, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany) the second workshop "Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change" (UINW, Umweltinformatik zwischen Nachhaltigkeit und Wandel) will take place. The Call for Papers is opened. Contributions should enclose approx. 8-10 pages and be written in German or English:
  • Submission of contributions for the Workshops: 22nd of April, 2014 
  • Decision on the acceptance of the Workshop of contribution: 20th of May, 2014 
  • Submission of the printable version: 23rd of June, 2014
In the complexity of  the data amounts in the environmental area or energy sector ranges of topics arise:
  • very big data amounts in environmental by Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Open Data in environmental information systems 
  • Operational environmental information systems (BUIS) 
  • Climate change and adaptation 
  • Modelling and simulation of big records 
  • Environmental information systems and energy information systems 
  • Connections between environmental data and health data 
  • Smart meter and Smart Grid 
  • Mass data storage in energy systems incl. security aspects
  • ...
The workshop should make a contribution to this field of environmental informatics and discuss current trends, but also sharpen the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinal focus and think outside the box.