Changing the world through interaction design
Worldchanging.org has an insightful interview with interaction designer Vinay Venkatraman on the importance of interaction design in tackling sustainability issues because it actually encourages changes in the way be behave.
Designing new behaviors and beautiful experiences are the core of interaction design practice. This could manifest itself in products but also in systemic thinking around services and its various touch points. Thus, interaction designers are well poised to design for behavioral change, which can have profound impact in the near future.
According the article, in order to further the influence of socially responsible interaction design, Venkatraman is a partner at Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design (CIID), an institution that harbors a one-year Masters degree program in interaction design as well as a research center and consultancy. He helped initiate the Institute in 2006. The school’s pilot year began in September 2008, in partnership with the Danish Design School (DKDS).