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Stephen Lawrence Gallery Panel

Greenwich, London

The d+iD: diversity + inclusivity by Design is a London based international research Hub. Its main research question is: What is enabled when designers design with, and for others?


Dr Anastasios Maragiannis

Deputy Head of School of Design Department of Architecture and Landscape; Built Environment; Creative Professions and Digital Arts Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Christian Boer

Dutch designer. A dyslexic himself, Christian, set out to create a font that could make reading a less arduous task. After completion, the revolutionary font immediately caused quite a stir among the dyslexic community and in the international media.

Christian evaluated the d+iD research exhibition’s outcomes and compared current and future design diversity challenges. during the panel he examined dyslexia (as part of the research exhibition outputs) and he questioned why our society doesn’t consider such an important element of our daily lives (readability as dysability)

Marianne Waite

Forbes 30 Under 30 – Founder, Think Designable After seeing the stigma of disability firsthand–her sister has cerebral palsy–Waite founded Think Designable.

Marianne started her discussion on how design can empower individuals, especially those with disabilities through advertising. Questioning if designers are educated / knowledgeable on the subject area and expended on the exhibition outcomes asa methodological approach to answer current queries.

Emma Lawton

Creative Director with a background in design for brand, print and digital combined with a strategic mind that can see the bigger picture on projects. When Emma Lawton was 29 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Emmas approach to the panel discussion discussed the impact of people’s circumstances in the design process. How are view points “as designers” could change, based on our personal experiences.

Can design as a whole adapt to a more inclusive model ?

Dr Gillian Youngs

Professor of Creative and Digital Economy and Head of Innovation and Impact, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster,

Design’s role in policy-related research is more discussed in our days and especially in our modern society. Prof Young questioned how the exhibition outputs explored the under investigated subject of diversity in design, focusing on the impact of the research towards gender, women and inclusivity in that context.