The World is Designed for Men

how bias is built into our daily lives

Kat Ely
Kat Ely
Sep 8, 2015 · 10 min read
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Seat belts are less safe for women

A lot less safe.

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Medicine is also less safe for women

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Is your office too cold?

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The Design of Tools

Women are stereotypically considered less “handy” than men. You’ll see fewer women than men in a shop or on a job site, and fewer women own power tools themselves. Building/fixing things in general has culturally and historically been considered “men’s work”. So when a designer approaches creating a new power tool it’s likely that the target demographic is men, rather than a more inclusive concept like “everyone who wants or needs to build something”.

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on the left is an image I found by googling “using sawzall” and on the right is a photo of me holding the same sawzall
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What would the world be like if it were designed by women?

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Design for Everyone

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Left: most recent Pebble watch design; Right: Apple watch
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Design for Extremes

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The Future

more data, more problems

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Mental Maps

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The Peter’s World Map in Green and the Mercator World Map in black
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Thanks to Andrew Edman

Kat Ely

Written by

Kat Ely

designer & cofounder @cleardesignlab & @_plusfab artist, climber, and lover of new ideas and problems.

HH Design

HH Design

Thoughts from a community built around design within the context of technology.

Kat Ely

Written by

Kat Ely

designer & cofounder @cleardesignlab & @_plusfab artist, climber, and lover of new ideas and problems.

HH Design

HH Design

Thoughts from a community built around design within the context of technology.

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