Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

Ezio Manzini@CIID

March 8, 2009


On thursday we received an inspiring lecture at CIID from Ezio Manzini talking about the future of our economy. Here are some notes…hopefully i might be able to make it a little more coherent and readable if i get some time this week!

  • Things are changing, we are living in a time where we have a crisis on our hands. It is not going to pass, things are going to change, and we cannot predict the future. Therefor we need to understand how we can behave, and understand as designers how we can help and contribute. “THE FUTURE IS NOW”
  • “Next design” is looking beyond the crisis to an age of networks and sustainability. There are two strategies…..
  • Strategy 1:Sustain the old economy, an industrial model that was based on consumption goods, and keep producing more and more consumer products. But this could make things worse…Do not use the crisis to start a new basis, nothing can continue to grow and develop in a limited system.
  • Strategy 2: Promote a new economy that uses services and systems to create sustainable well-being…this is an asset for a sustainable future.
  • This next economy that can be centered around services and systems can be divided into 3. GREEN, SOCIAL and NETWORK economies.
  • GREEN economy=ecological re-orientation, highly eco- efficient systems for sustainable use of energy, water and food etc.
  • SOCIAL economy=social re-orientation, new services for social demands and social cohesion
  • NETWORK economy=organizational re-orientation, distributed systems, producers, networks and collaborative services.
  • The biggest challenge though is to understand what the new ‘products’ will be from the result of this new economy.
  • Potential products from this economy change: Renewable energy systems, better mobility services, social housing, community services, education improvement=RESULT ORIENTATED, SOCIO-TECHNICAL SYSTEMS.
  • These ‘products’ can be achieved through highly customerised, user focused solutions….networks of people, products, places and service orientated systems that will bring value to people.
  • To create these complex systems we need to understand and apply interaction design


March 1, 2009


As i have mentioned many times for the last two weeks we were working on a school project for DSB (the danish rail service) DSB are currently in a great position of already being recognised as a very sustainable company. But with the current climate change they want to go beyond being a service provider of public transport and see how they can inspire people to have more sustainable living habits and be socially aware. So our job for this project was to work in groups to design new services that would act as a platform for people to make more environmentally friendly decisions and actions. It was a very intense week, but fantastic at the same time. We started with a day of intense research then by the second day we had to have an idea to start prototyping. The majority of our time was spent developing our services, creating experience prototypes that would shape and improve our ideas.

Our idea was based on the idea of educating children. We chose this target group due to the existing community that already exists within a school between the teachers children and parents…we felt this was a very strong starting point for our concept as there is already natural communication between them. Our idea is a service called “enviroKit”

enviroKit is a service which provides schools with a tool kit that enables teachers to implement new participatory methods of educating children about sustainable living, focusing on….

“make your own decisions”
“learn intuitively through doing”

enviroKit tools can be adapted for various exercises, teachers can download new activities from the enviroKit website or instructions on how to build their own. The tools within the kit are designed so that the children will raise questions with their parents, and make them think about their actions….we don’t believe our idea will change the world, we just want to inspire people to take small steps towards living more sustainably. If each person make 1 small change once a week, these small changes  can mount up and make a big difference.

We have a full presentation to explain the concept, which i will post if i receive permission to publish it due to some photographs that are in it. However if you would like to know more i can remove the photographs and making it available for public viewing.

I also have to say a massive thank you to the Live|work team in Olso that have been teaching us for the past two weeks!

first draught blueprint…..

February 20, 2009



After deciding we were going to focus on inspiring children about sustainable mobility we decided to head off to some schools. The first one we visited was a pre-elementary school, with children aged between 1-6. This was perfect for us as we want to target children aged 5 and 6 before they go to primary school. At this age the danish government have placed down laws that children will only be taught social skills, linked to themes like culture and nature, so we felt this was a perfect opportunity to also teach them about the environment.  The “learning” they receive at this age, is very informal and all done through play in a variety of mediums to keep them engaged for longer periods of time.  After the meeting we had with the head of the school we got some great feedback and ideas on how to approach our idea. After a another brainstorming session we came up with an idea that we felt really touched on a lot of points that we had learned form the school and also from what DSB want to provide in a service.

In short the service we are designing is a mix between an online learning and support site and a practical and fun toolkit that is given to teachers at a school to help them teach the children. We understand that children aged 5 and 6 might not fully understand why traveling by bike is better than a car but we believe that if the tools and service are designed in the correct way it will make them raise questions with their parents and hopefully change their attitudes towards traveling with their children. We also feel that if children have an introduction and small insight to this at an early age, that when they are of the age to decide how they travel hopefully they will think more about their actions and choose the best way!

After focusing on this idea we created an initial service blue print. We story boarded the user journy, pin pointed DSB’s role at each stage, identified the different stages onf the service, the touch points that need to be designed and the specific interactions that will happen.




We then presented these to anders (live|work) and Mikael (DSB Innovation Lab) The feedback we got was super positive, but we needed to focus on the life of the service and how it was continue for a period of time after the toolkit is used in the school for the first time. After much discussion we think we have come up with solutions for these problems but are now building low fdility prototypes to test the experience!

“Meet the food you eat” on Treehugger

February 16, 2009


Today Adam, Sid and i were super excited to see that our Project had been featured on Treehugger, this was really great for us, as throughout the project we had used this website as one of our keys sources of information, data and inspiration. Since the end of our TUI project we have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback we have been given with regards to our idea. It’s really great to see people getting excited about sustainability, and really caring about how their actions are having an affect on society.  I am also very excited to say that i think we will be exhibiting our project at the NEXT conference in april, run by the Innovation lab…i will keep you updated with that though!

“Meet the Food we eat” video

February 11, 2009

Now our TUI project is over we have had time to get our prototype up and running and make a video of it.


September 5, 2008

As i am about to set off on a big adventure to take part in the CIID pilot year, i have set up this blog to record my learning and experiences whilst studying and living in Copenhagen. In particular i will be looking at how interaction design and digital technologies can be used within the design and improvement of services to enhance user experience and sustainability!