In formulating the FAQ for the book, we’re trying to anticipate what the most common questions designers will have about this topic and how specific to get. Lou, in his infinite wisdom, suggested we crowdsource the questions and he’s absolutely right. So, here are some suggested questions but we’re most interested in what your questions are:
• What is sustainability?
• Why does being sustainable cost more than not?
• Is Climate Change proven?
• What’s a carbon footprint?
• Why is carbon so bad?
• Are hybrids really better than other cars?
• Is nuclear power a more sustainable energy option?
• What can I do to become more sustainable?
• As a designer, what can I do to make the world more sustainable?
As I sit here working on the chapter on Process (not usually the most exciting chapter in a book like this), I have to say I’m getting more and more excited by the things rolling out onto the page. In addition to signaling that I’m almost finished with the first draft, I’m finding the ability to align frameworks and strategies with the phases of development in a way I hadn’t even considered before. I’m a big fan of maps and models and I had never considered that this book would be anything like a recipe book for sustainability. However, I’m finding the concepts weaving together in a mutually supportive way that should be clear for designers and other developers to see and digest.
There are many ways to look at sustainability. In particular, there are some defined and popular frameworks floating around the sustainability world. Some are geared more towards the evaluation of current products and services while others are more useful for design and development. Some are more quantitative and others more qualitative. The proponents of some will tell you that theirs is the best—or the only one worth using—and some even bad mouth other frameworks.
Last night at an IDSA event here in San Francisco, Digging Deeper, one member of the audience asked an interesting question, essentially: “What is the designer’s role in consumerism–either promoting it or dispersing it?”