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The design process behind creating a platform to level the playing field for the Law School Admissions Test

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Summary

Khan Academy’s test prep platform aims to level the playing field for standardized testing, ensuring all students can build their confidence and access the benefits of personalized practice without having to pay huge fees for test prep programs. We offer official content made in collaboration with the test maker, personalized recommendations, full-length practice tests, tips and strategies available to any students — all for free.

Here we’ll share some of our behind-the-scenes design process!

Team Leads

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Context

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Love ’em or hate ’em, standardized tests are a necessary requirement for educational and professional opportunities. In the U.S., there are at least 50 standardized tests for admission to college, postgraduate studies, and vocational schools. …


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Yangon, Myanmar// Photograph by Tabitha Yong 

Perspectives on designing responsibly

Co-authored with Annie Wu. Originally written for Better World By Design.

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Let’s… make homeless signs sexy? Credit: FastCompany

Recently, FastCompany ran the headline: “Can Good Graphic Design Help the Homeless?” The story: Kenji Nakayama and Christopher Hope launched the Signs for the Homeless project, an earnest attempt to facilitate public conversation with Boston’s “invisible” population by spiffing up their handwritten cardboard signs with fancy typography.

Cue the criticism.

Commenters derided the new signs as “corporate” and “exploitative”, pointing out that the professional lettering actually rendered the homeless who held them “less credible”. One commenter mocked the project’s entire premise: “Let’s find some homeless people and use them like little experiments because then we can self-aggrandize about being designers and how important we are! …

About

Tabitha Yong

Designer interested in things that move humanity forward. Previously at Khan Academy, Apple, & RISD.

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