Greener Design has an interesting article on moving from user-centered design to resource-centered design. The idea is that our current methods of user-centered design perpetuates the economy of consumption that is slowly destroying our world. From the article:
“We’ve become a culture driven by convenience-driven solutions that makes our life easier, and more convenient with less immediate cost. These are the criteria for our human-centeredness, and it is within this context that business-minds continue to frame opportunities for innovation. But the real opportunity for innovation comes not from within existing paradigms, but from challenging the paradigm itself.”
So what’s the point of designing new products when they’ll just end up in a landfill? Is the Institute of Design teaching us to deal with these issues or do we still only care about human-centered design?