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 Spring, the Jacobs Institute invites a group of thinkers and practitioners to outline design’s blind spots and exclusions and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.
This Fall, three leading design thinkers will share their thoughts on these themes as part of Design Conversations, distinguished lectures at the Jacobs Institute on Fridays at 12pm. A final lineup will be announced soon!