Multi-Lifespan Information System Design

  • Batya Friedman Information School University of Washington Seattle, United States
  • Lisa P. Nathan School of Library, Archival and Info Studies University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada
  • Daisy Yoo Information School University of Washington Seattle, United States
Keywords: Multi-lifespan information system design, design methods, design research, design theor, design thinking


Contemporary information ecosystems evolve at lightening speed. Last year’s cutting edge innovations are this year’s standard fare and next year’s relics. An information innovation can be implemented, made available through the Internet, and appropriated within 24 hours. Yet, significant societal problems engage much longer timeframes. In 2010 Friedman and Nathan pointed to a fundamental disconnect between mainstream design thinking and these longer-term problems. To address this disconnect, they proposed a multi-lifespan information system design framing.

This workshop builds on previous work by the organizers and others to: (1) elaborate and identify new opportunities and challenges in taking up multi-lifespan information system design problems, and (2) generate critical and constructive discussions for further development of multi- lifespan information system design thinking. 


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How to Cite
Friedman, B., Nathan, L., & Yoo, D. (2015). Multi-Lifespan Information System Design. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, 1(1), 4.
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