Diversity


"I have a hard time accepting diversity as a synonym for justice. Diversity is a corporate strategy... Diversity without structural transformation simply brings those who were previously excluded into a system as racist and misogynistic as it was before" Angela Davis



Another Lens

Airbnb Design & News Deeply

A tool which poses a set of questions to help you balance your bias, consider the opposite, and embrace a growth mindset. Let’s only momentarily suspend our disbelief at this coming partly from Airbnb, who have played a larger than life role in gentrification disproportionately affecting marginalised & vulnerable communities.



Understanding Identity, Power, & Equity in Design Leadership with Antionette D. Carroll

Adobe 99U

An excellent talk by the incredible Antionette Carroll, founder, president, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, who believes that if inequality is by design, then it can be re-designed by us. In this talk, she offers a framework for prioritizing equal outcomes over equal access to change the mindset of the industry.



Can the Universal Be Specific? Ruben Pater: The Politics of Design

project bauhaus

A short talk by Ruben Pater, author of The Politics of Design.



Cards for Humanity

Idean

A practical tool for inclusive design. They’ll deal you two random cards, a person and a trait and you need to work out how to meet their needs. The cards can be used to test a product at any stage in development.



Decolonizing Design

Design & Culture: The Journal of the Design Studies Forum

Volume 10 of The Journal of the Design Studies Forum features articles on the decolonisation of design.



depatriarchise design

Anja Neidhardt & Maya Ober

Non-profit research platform working through texts, workshops, and exhibitions to examine the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems, while also tell long-silenced stories.



Design Census 2019

AIGA & Google

The Design Census is an open and collaborative resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today in the United States .



Design + Diversity

AIGA Eye on Design

AIGA Eye on Design have a wealth of articles on the topic of diversity.



Ethics for Design

Documentary

An interactive film questioning the role of designer in changing society.



How to begin designing for diversity

The Creative Independent

A guide to get you started in building equitable products, services, and content, written by Boyuan Gao and Jahan Mantin of Project Inkblot, with illustrations by Fanny Luor.



How will we queer design education without compromise?

The Walker Art Center Magazine

Various perspectives on decolonizing, queering, colorizing and opening up design.



Implicit Bias Test

Harvard

Take the time to check yours and your team’s biases. Addressing areas where you might have implicit biases will help know what you each need to work on.



Tatiana Mac’s The Work

Resources & Guides

Tatiana’s guides for white men and white women on being anti-racist.



The Decolonizing Design Reader

Ramon Tejada

An in-progress, collaborative Google Doc project. This reader is an attempt to gather materials to begin the process of expanding and making design more inclusive.



The Slow Grind

Book by Georgina Johnson

Polymath Georgina Johnson has pulled together a collection of essays, think pieces and conversations, gathering some of the most formidable voices across the creative and fashion industries, to address the crucial questions of creative, social and environmental sustainability. You can read more in an interview with Georgina on Riposte here︎︎︎



The Tip of the Iceberg

Intern Mag

Excellent article exploring the systemic problems of racism and diversity in the creative industries, in light of revelations from Everpress, Salem X and Futurecity. Essential read.



The Politics of Design

Book by Ruben Pater

This book and blog explores the cultural and political context of the typography, colours, photography, symbols, and information graphics that we use every day, as well as the responsibility of the designer and image maker. 



Three Words You Need for Your Next Hard Conversation

Article by Annaliese Griffin

An incredibly helpful structure to use for tougher discussions in the workplace and community.



Where are the black designers?

Platform & Conference

An initiative and platform for Black designers. Connecting designers, educators, and creative leaders to host a dialogue about change, both in and out of the design industry. The innaugural conference took place on June 27, 2020 with seventeen amazing speakers and over 10,000 attendees. Celebrating Black voices in design and addressing pressing issues in the design industry, you can watch the recorded talks here︎︎︎



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