Equity-Centered Community Design
This process of design is critical to me currently as a designer because I am working on projects for organizations outside of my culture and community. I need to be aware of these things and how to avoid oppression and support movements that positively change the world.
I support the idea that as Designers, we aren’t people who just use Photoshop and Illustrator to create attractive products. We are just people who make decisions to create an outcome, and those outcomes can be intentional or unintentional but we have to be aware and adapt for both.
Questions like the example of the local candy store is an interesting topic because it considers the people you must invite, the role they play, and the role of the community as well. These are things I too must consider when working on projects like some that I am tackling right now to identify who/what is important and how I can integrate them into my design.
Things mentioned in the article such as ensuring all voices being heard, respecting opinions, leaning into discomfort, addressing the issue, being honest, and being outside of yourself I think are really important when it comes to things such as empathetic design which seeks to design for people and ensure that what you’re doing is meaningful. We as designers have to remember these things as well as how people learn and how they gain their opinions and experiences to fully understand the reasons why people do or say things and how we can eliminate those potentially negative beliefs.
Definitions like Diversity, Inclusion, Equality, and Oppression are very present in my life currently because of the project I am working on with the Trendsetters Foundation and the Unity Conference which are both aiming to bring attention to these systematic oppressions and figure out how we can eliminate them in a workplace and social setting. We must be in the business of changing minds and using these processes to continue learning about how to change the world.