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InEx: A Show About Inclusive Design

May, Matthew (2022) InEx: A Show About Inclusive Design. [MRP]

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Creators: May, Matthew
Abstract:

What does the term “inclusive design” mean to you?

Broadly speaking, the colloquial definition of “inclusive design” is the intersection between “something that looks inclusive” and “something that looks like it was designed.” This stands in contrast to the more holistic approach which makes up the Inclusive Design program at OCAD University, whose program is focused from the start on seeking out and empowering marginalized, minoritized and historically underinvested communities through all phases of product design.

The effect of this more superficial interpretation above taking hold is in shaping public perception. Embracing that superficiality by aligning the term to often fundamentally wrong-headed “design for” projects acts not only to further marginalize the purported users of these products, but to devalue the work of people trained in equity design, participatory action research and co-design, among other techniques and methodologies. Attention (and resources) flow to simple feel-good stories, at the expense of the more complex reality of inclusion and equity work in design roles: that they take time and effort, and don’t fit neatly in PR-friendly boxes.

To address this gap in understanding, as well as the range of constituencies involved in defining, or at least narrowing down, the term “inclusive design,” I conducted a series of interviews with six professionals in fields exploring inclusion and equity in design. The resulting conversations showed an expansive set of lived experiences, personal insights into academia and industry, critique into the theory of its inclusive design and how it is claimed, and a look at where we go from here.

Date: 9 May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusive design, diversity, equity, inclusion, podcast, interview
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 20:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 20:12
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3685

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