2009 Theme – Sustainability

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Designing for a Sustainable World

Our approach to design is from “Cradle to Cradle.” Coming from a user‐centric perspective and looking beyond form and function, we are exploring the impact design has on our world. The “Cradle to Cradle” approach starts the design with the premise of using materials that can fully enter a new life cycle by either going back to nature or going back into the design process as a new product.

Designing for a Sustainable World shows how usability can apply to all of what we do and build. We look at all products and services ‐ buildings, roads, or consumer products; business services or healthcare systems ‐ throughout their life cycle. The impact focuses on our environment ‐ energy, water, soil, and more. Are they user and environmentally friendly? These are questions we all must consider as we design, purchase, use and dispose of products each and every day.

How usability can apply to all of what we do and build?

Look at all products and services ‐ buildings, roads, or consumer products; business services or healthcare systems ‐ throughout their life cycle. Are they user and environmentally friendly? These are questions we all must consider as we design, purchase, use and dispose of products each and every day.

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