A Pattern language for Incorporating Usable Sustainability and Green User Experience Design.

Greening the human mindset, making citizen more aware about their impact on the environment as well as looking for avenues for integrating usable sustainability best-practices into the design loop of software products, systems and services are the essence of the Galapagos catalog of patterns.  Galapagos was initiated by students from Ecuador. The picture on left side is the Work of French designer featured in the city of Dijon, the Capital of Burgundy.  Vertical to many of projects and our daily investigations as designers and developers of software, we have create a digital library of usable sustainability design patterns.  It is open for the entire HCI and sustainability designers community for their comments, improvements. How do you perceived sustainability? What are the best-practices your taking to deal with sustainability concerns.

Ideas about new patterns are Welcome.  Soon you will be able to register to the library as a user of patterns, contributor or designer.

Galapagos is the continuity of the long tradition of our team on HCI design patterns (See the book, HCI design patterns and the patterns of HCI by Ahmed Seffah, HCI series Springer).  We are exploring the use of gamification techniques as a way of identifying, documenting as disseminating HCI design patterns.  Our work is grounded in the seminal work of the Architect Christopher Alexander, considered as the father of design patterns; Watch the video.  When attending this seminar, Prof. Seffah, initiated PatternCity, a serious game, he, Mourad Ayoub and Dan Wolf developed. See the following paper presented at PLoP Conference. 

Ahmed Seffah, Halima Habieb-Mammar. A Serious Game to HCI Design Patterns Discovery and Dissemination: The PatternCity Concept“ ACM-PLOP (Pattern Languages of Programs Conference) October 19 – 21, 2012.