Inclusive Design

Consider for a moment you have created something. It could be anything, just go ahead and create it in your mind. Okay now you have done that tell me, can a transgender with no hands use it without being offended?

If the answer was yes you’ve done either a pretty good job at inclusive design or you have catered pretty hard for that one specific set of people. In our lecture I had the opportunity to experience some new perspectives into how we create and design things. How some decisions you make can totally affect some one in either a devastating or constructive way. This week may have seemed to focus on how to create work for everyone or how to be inclusive but it hit home to me when those designs that we made became more than just creations but ethical responsibilities to the world.

The most important thing that I learned was from Mike Monteiro. The idea that “When design is practiced without forethought for consequences, without responsibility, what we get is not creation but destruction.” This became embedded into my mind as never before have I created something whilst truly thinking of it’s consequences. It means as well as creating something for good reasons we should NOT create things for bad reasons. Even if it’s the same thing. I’m not even sure if I have analyzed something for the same reasons or the same way. And this is frightening.


(Monteiro, 2015)

I know, in the future I want to create games. I want to design and create things for people to experience (I am assuming you want to do something similar too due to you reading this). I hope to do this genuinely and with sincerity. I hope to have purposes in my creations such as conveying good messages that others will consider and hopefully agree with. But now with this new found knowledge, I also have to ensure to design these things in a way that protects others too because now I realise I am morally and ethically responsible for everything I bring into this world.

To be responsible in this manner I need to be and do a few things such as being culturally sensitive and have no prejudices.

Cultural Sensitivity

Cultural sensitivity is to be aware of the different heritages and cultural differences to make better values, learning, behaviour (Stafford, Bowman, Eking, Hanna, & Lopoes-DeFede, 1997) and use this knowledge to make better and more ethical decisions when designing. Knowing what is appropriate and what is offensive is important to retain good ethics and remaining as a positive contributor to the world.

Prejudice

Making a judgement based on no evidence can lead to detrimental effects on other people. Discrimination is wrong, in my own opinion whether it be based on prejudice, which is; “an unjustified or incorrect attitude (usually negative) towards an individual based solely on the individual’s membership of a social group.” ( McLeod, 2008) or based on cultural insensitivity.

But I don’t want to design in this way.


It sounds fairly philosophical as I would have to start working on and formulating better ethics. I don’t want to be hypocritical so I would have to thoroughly regulate what this means to me and apply it to my everyday life. I am going to need to be culturally sensitive, free from prejudice and be fair to the best of my ability. I would have to study how it affects those around me too. That’s inclusive design.

-Kyle

References

McLeod, S. A. (2008). Prejudice and Discrimination. Retrieved from www.simplypsychology.org/prejudice.html

Pixabay. (2016). Free image on Pixabay — chalk-colored-pencils-colour-pencils. Retrieved July 6, 2016, from https://pixabay.com/en/tie-necktie-adjust-adjusting-man-690084/

Stafford, Bowman, Eking, Hanna, & Lopoes-DeFede. (1997). Definition of cultural sensitivity. Retrieved July 5, 2016, from http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/prlc/unit3_slide/sld005.htm

USI Events (2015, July 13). How designers destroyed the world — Mike Monteiro, at USI Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIcM21l61TE