The exhibition was professionally documented and archived for research purposes in both diversityinclusivity.design online space but in London Design Festival archive site, for easy access. The images on the right – and an extended number on the website – demonstrate the successful opening of the exhibition (114 registered guests). During the exhibition, we hosted a series of talks, debates, events.
Diversity and Inclusivity by Design (d+iD) research started in 2016 and currently collaborating with FABRICA Research Centre (IT), AIGA (USA), International Refugees Forum (GR), the Cyprus High Commission (CHC), (UK) and the Greenwich Autistic Society (UK). It uses practice research methods to co-design inclusive projects that engage people deeply throughout design processes. The outcomes of the research include a collection of artefacts, an educational film a series of specialist talks, three International panel discussions, a trilogy of International exhibitions in London, Athens and Malta.
The research is based on speculation concerning, what is enabled when designers design with, and for others? How our design processes will amplify, diversify, and mobilise this under-investigated aspect of practice and discourse; where design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language or age.
The research element of the exhibition investigated how inclusive design thinking is used in current innovation processes, we assessed the effectiveness of the outcomes, which included diverse and inclusive design and arranged them in three themes: Comercial-driven, Human-facing and Community-challenging, and sought to exhibit conceptual design proposals where the narrative and ideas were as important as the designs. This research is currently an important asset for the EYES EU Funded project as the outputs of the research are essential for a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural co-design workshops.
The London 2017 and Athens 2019 exhibitions offered 15 diverse and inclusive projects, the London 2019 exhibition (forthcoming) commissioned by the CHC and the Cyprus Ministry of culture to showcase 9 Cypriot diverse and inclusive design proposals.
We were also commissioned to develop the CHC Diversity and Inclusion Arts Policy which proposes a new paradigm of research governance that foregrounds transparency, personal choice and collaboration over design diversity and inclusion (June 2019).
The research exhibitions are covered by London Design Festival & partners. The LDF attracted 588,200 individual visitors from over 75 countries and was reported widely, including Design Week, Icon. The research drew on a number of publications (exhibition catalogues 2018, 2019 and BST Journal 2019) detailing research was reviewed at the BW issue (2018), and the Neurodiversity and Digital Inclusion annual report. (2018) The work was originally funded by EXONERA, ECOLUXE London and CHC.
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To design inclusively is to engage people deeply throughout the design process, to share our practices and to amalgamate people’s unique knowledge into design interventions.
The d+iD exhibition and future research hub will explore how design can empower individuals in a variety of contexts in order to improve our way of living in the world. Such work could initiate discussions, debates and research to positively impact our social and interdisciplinary landscapes.
The University of Greenwich and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery are holding its first international exhibition of design works exploring how designers empower individuals in a variety of contexts to improve our way of living in the world (Sept 2017).
The exhibition is the starting point to bring together people from diverse fields and degrees of expertise, aiming to initiate discussions, debates and research under the field of diversity and inclusivity by design and develop a specialised research hub under our current CPDA research group.
The d+iD exhibition is now on and part of the design Festival. Approximately 120 people from various disciplines visited the exhibition in the successful private view. The exhibition explores how designers empower individuals in a variety of contexts to improve our way of living in the world. The exhibition showcases 15 design and art works from around the globe with a common objective: What is enabled when designers design with, and for others?
Our selection of works demonstrate design thinking through multidisciplinary approaches that positively impact our social and interdisciplinary landscapes. The exhibition reflects on developments in diversity and inclusivity by design since the 1940s. These works focus on design as a holistic action with the capacity to simultaneously engage conceptual and practical shifts that make our society a place with no boundaries.
To design inclusively is to engage people deeply throughout the design process, to share our practices and to amalgamate people’s unique knowledge into design interventions, where design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language and age.
More information about the presentations and guest notes on the research will be here in our next update.
We also launched our d+iD Research and announced a series of research activities. Keep an eye here for more updates shortly