What does it mean to empower individuals? As designers, everything we create affects people. From typography to service design; the things we make construct systems. And these systems when scaled-up make worlds, placing users within systems of power that imply particular ways of being. As users, we are entangled in a range of social and commercial systems that shape the way we think and live in hundreds of little ways.
From the social to the political, to the technological; these worlds are largely normative, meaning that individuals have very little power to subvert the homogeneousness of design that assumes specific kinds of identity, sexuality, able-bodiedness, language or age.
This symposium seeks to create a platform to exchange ideas and practices that use methods, such as co-design, to explore how design diversity can empower individuals in new and exciting ways. It also seeks to question whether our design processes can amplify, diversify, and mobilise people – critically engaging with its own processes of world building.
For the 1st diversity + inclusivity by Design Symposium we invite abstracts for oral presentations of new, recently completed, or ongoing research and practice. We welcome academic and presentations of practice from the Creative Industries, which expand our current and future understanding
of how to design inclusively from a variety of disciplines.
Your questions /input can address any of the following themes:
– Designing Non-hierarchical Systems
– Co-design and Participatory Design Methods
– Critical Re-designing Technology
– Design and Bodies
– Intersectional Design
– Queering Design Practice
– Language, Politics and Design