Designing individualisation of eco information: a conceptual framework and design toolkit

Sze Yin Kwok, David Harrison, Alessio Malizia

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Eco-labelling is the practice of eco information provision that most directly addresses consumer behaviour. Nowadays, consumers are facing difficulties in perceiving and understanding existing eco labels. In previous work, we proposed the conceptual framework of eco information individualisation which tailors eco labels according to the specific needs of individual users using contextual technologies. This paper extends the conceptual framework by introducing a more structured way of considering the personal data and product data requirements, and reports the development of a design toolkit that aims to support designers in the designing of individualised eco information. A design workshop was carried out to introduce the concept to designers, and evaluate the usability and usefulness of the toolkit. Positive responses were received. The design outputs generated from the workshop were considered largely feasible and have the potential to be developed into digital prototypes. These indicate that it is possible for designers to learn to design eco information individualisation in a short time. This paper is a step towards a greater understanding of designing individualised eco information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-312
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date13 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017


  • Eco-labelling
  • human computer interaction
  • information individualisation
  • sustainable consumer behaviour
  • user centred design


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