Lecture on Sustainability in Design
9th September, 2015
We should improve quality of life as designers.
- growing population
- exploiting resources
- waste management
Why is sustainability important?
- negative env impact
- ecological impct
- health risks
- resources depletion
e-waste (discarded electronic products)
->accelerated product replacement (20% of disposed appliances still function)
->serious health and pollution problems
->Look at materials
*Some products look better as they age, this happens due to emotional attachment to that product.
Stories attached to products, creates more attachment, these product age gracefully.
Obsolescence is a part of technology and needs to be planned for.
designing simple products and removing excess materials (have just what you need, nothing extra)
(eg: tape dispenser, bottle opener etc)
While designing products, think about the following:
connect with the user
users can keep up with technology
every product will have an end, so consider that end
*be honest with the product