Sustainable Interaction Design

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  • Title: Sustainable Interaction Design: A Concept under Construction in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Author(s): Luciana Nunes, Claudia Mont'Alvão
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Design in Society
  • Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Sustainable Interaction Design, Sustainability, Values
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2325-1328 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1360 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Nunes, Luciana, and Claudia Mont'Alvão. 2018. "Sustainable Interaction Design: A Concept under Construction in Human-Computer Interaction." The International Journal of Design in Society 12 (1): 35-50. doi:10.18848/2325-1328/CGP/v12i01/35-50.
  • Extent: 16 pages


Sustainability has been even more present in politics and social discussions. The growth of products and services’ consumption, including technology, makes it necessary to rethink our behavior in a way that it minimizes the impacts of consumption in our society, as well as on future generations, and improves mental, physical, and social well-being. In this context, Interaction Design, which is part of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) field, can contribute to a more aware consumption. Sustainable Interaction Design (SID), a recent field of study within HCI, argues that sustainability must be the primary focus of projects involving the use of technologies. This paper presents, analyzes, and discusses SID’s applicability in the Interaction Design field and processes through an integrative literature review of papers published between 2005 and 2015, books, and documents that address this design-technology-sustainability relationship. As a conclusion, further discussion is needed involving how to approach the three pillars of sustainability in projects: how to incorporate SID concepts into design education, how to apply these concepts in a multidisciplinary team in the professional environment, and how HCI evaluation methods can be improved to consider sustainability issues.