Simultaneous Application of Design for Sustainable Behavior and Linked Benefit Strategies in Practice

  • Johannes Schmalz
  • Casper Boks
Conference paper


Design for sustainable behavior implies applying design strategies that explicitly take into account human behavior, thereby minimizing user-related environmental losses. In addition, the application of linked-benefit strategies has been suggested to ensure the design of commercially interesting products, linking sustainability benefits to financial, functionality, aesthetical or convenience benefits. However, no case studies have been identified that apply both design strategies in one particular product design. Since a methodology for doing so is lacking, this paper, based on the development of a desk lamp, suggests, discusses, and evaluates possible directions for such an approach.


Design for Sustainable Behavior Ecodesign User-centered Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Schmalz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Casper Boks
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design (IKTD)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of Product DesignNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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