Design Conversations: For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging

Fridays at 12pm, Jacobs Studio 310

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019.

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully excludes — to formulate more deliberate positions on designers’ role in shaping collective life. More than an effort to incorporate neglected populations within existing paradigms, today’s leaders work to reinvent design and technology to promote alternative methodologies, knowledges, and ways of life. From racist bots to #metoo, the urgency of this reinvention has only become more apparent. This Fall, the Jacobs Institute invites three leading design thinkers to outline design’s blind spots and exclusions and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.

Fridays, 12pm | Jacobs Hall Studio 310

NEWLY ADDED — 11/22 Aza Raskin (Co-founder, Center for Human Technology)

On Human Protective Design

9/6 Mario Ballesteros (Design curator, Mexico City)

On rethinking design through the popular and from the Global South

10/18 Claire Evans (Tech writer, Los Angeles)

On the women who made the internet

CANCELLED — 11/1 Genevieve Bell (Design anthropologist, Australian National University)

On righting the future of AI

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