Debra Lilley, who runs the very useful Design-Behaviour website, sends details of an interesting forthcoming seminar at Loughborough University:
Design | Behaviour: Making it Happen!
The 13th Sustainable Design Network Seminar Design | Behaviour: Making it Happen! will be held on the 17th October 2008 at the Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL), Loughborough University. This special one-day event - featuring presentations, design activities and discussion - will explore methodologies for designing behavioural change and the ethical implications of designing products to encourage more sustainable use. Cost £60 (£20 concession) including lunch and refreshments. To find out more and book a place at this event please visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/susdesign/SDN/seminars/meetings.htm
I'll be doing a presentation in the morning - here's the abstract, and I'll try and put a version online too afterwards:
Design for Sustainable Behaviour: Easier Efficiency by Influencing Interaction
Dan Lockton, School of Engineering & Design, Brunel University
The idea of using design strategically to influence users' behaviour - Design with Intent - recurs across many fields, in diverse contexts, and a set of patterns can be identified, linking target behaviours to particular design techniques, physical, psychological and technical. Applying these techniques to environmental problems where user behaviour is a significant factor offers the prospect of Design for Sustainable Behaviour - helping people use everyday products and systems more efficiently.
The agenda isn't online yet, but I'm guessing there'll be some really insightful talks from people working on the intersection of design, sustainability and user behaviour - along with Debra, Loughborough's Tracy Bhamra, Vicky Lofthouse and Tang Tang have all done some great work in this field. If you're in the UK and interested in this sort of stuff, this seminar sounds very worthwhile.