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Designing for a Sustainable World ... User Experience Magazine 8.4
(Bloomingdale, IL: November 2009) – Definitions of the word “green” keep expanding. It means more than recycling and composting. “Green” also means using resources more efficiently and developing new technologies with sustainability in mind. This issue of User Experience(UX) Magazine, the trade magazine of the Usability Professionals Association, explores some of the frontiers of “green” consciousness in usable design.

This special issue of UX on sustainable design includes:

  • Historical perspective, filled with everyday examples of how we experience change through the memory-accessibility bias and the algorithmic nature of change.
  • How to conduct “green” usability testing: remote studies, sustainable task content, recycled test materials, and alternative strategies for presenting test results.
  • The “green machine,” still in its early stages, a mobile phone application that will help us chart our personal energy consumption.
  • A roundup of sustainable data centers, including Optimal Workshop and Rimu-Hosting in New Zealand, CIX in Ireland, and US-based Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

There’s also a case history of how one team adopted the Rapid Iterative Test and Evaluation (RITE) methodology.


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For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya, publications@usabilityprofessionals.org.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
web: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org

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