Organisations and networks
- Design Can – campaign to increase diversity in design
- Helen Hamlyn Centre for Inclusive Design, RCA – pioneer of the study and practice of inclusive design over the past 25 years
- Design Justice Network – international community of people and organisations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they centre people who are too often marginalised by design
- Design Age Institute, RCA – providing strategic design to stimulate the longevity economy
The organisation has announced a Design Age Directory and a community for designers and “ageing humans” to challenge negative stereotypes.
By Molly Long April 28
The Design Age Institute will celebrate its first anniversary with a suite of new projects and initiatives which seek to continue its mission of making later life better through design.
Launched in 2020 with funding from Research England, the institute is attached to the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). It was established to support the government’s Grand Challenge on an Ageing Society, with a mission to support age inclusive design through aspirational products and services.
To mark its first anniversary, the institute has announced the creation of two initiatives: the Design Age Directory and This Age Thing.Continue reading
I recently had a chat with Steven Spohn of Ablegamers that will be going up soon on my channel and site. In it, we talked about what accessibility means not only for game designers but for the consumers who are playing games. Discussing the misconceptions and myths about accessibility made me think again about approachability and accessibility, and I wanted to take a chance to revise my thoughts on the topic.Continue reading
Summary. Leaders may mean well when they tout the economic payoffs of hiring more women and people of color, but there is no research support for the notion that diversifying the workforce automatically improves a company’s performance.
This article critiques the popular rhetoric about diversity and revisits an argument the authors made 25 years ago: To fully benefit from increased racial and gender diversity, organizations must adopt a learning orientation and be willing to change the corporate culture and power structure.
Four actions are key for leaders: building trust and creating a workplace where people feel free to express themselves; actively combating bias and systems of oppression; embracing a variety of styles and voices inside the organization; and using employees’ identity-related knowledge and experiences to learn how best to accomplish the firm’s core work.Continue reading
August de los Reyes, a prominent designer who helped develop the modern Xbox interface and became a fierce advocate for inclusivity in design, has died. He had only left the house three times since March of last year—for a doctor’s appointment, for a license renewal, and to vote, according to his husband. He died on December 21. He was 50 years old.Continue reading
post by Shawna Coppola, The Educator Collaborative member The Promise of Universal Design in Designing Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Learning Experiences Last April I hit a milestone age. Actually, every age over 25 is a “milestone age” for me, considering the fact that I still feel like twelve year-old/seventeen year-old/twenty two year-old Shawna on the inside (depending […]The Promise of Universal Design in Designing Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Learning Experiences — Blog | The Educator Collaborative Community
Overview ‘The Future Is Now’ is an exhibition that comprises of multiple artefacts and scenarios that speculated on what humanitarian operations could look like in 2030. The IFRC Solferino Academy and Open Lab at Newcastle University collaborated with an array of design agencies and curators to bring this exhibition to life. This exhibition is the result of extensive horizon […]Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition — Carlos Alvarez
Universal Design Summit is a preeminent conference in North America, drawing experts in universal design from across the globe. UD Summit has traditionally focused on universal housing and inclusive communities. Event organizers are pleased to announce the expansion of UD Summit to include inclusive design in digital spaces. Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.
UD Summit 7 will be held in May 2021 in St. Louis and attract several hundred designers, developers, builders, contractors, and architects from across the country and the globe. UD Summit 7 will provide exceptional content in the areas of affordable housing for all ages and abilities, universal design in public spaces, physical and digital community access, and universal design in digital spaces. A pre-conference seminar will focus on ADA regulations and accessibility requirements for housing. Continuing education credits will be offered through a variety of professional associations including AIA, IDCEC, IOTA and more. Dozens of vendors of related products and services will be on display throughout the conference. Opportunities abound to network with inclusive-minded professionals from varied industries.
If there is an imposing health risk to participants due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually in the same time frame. Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITION SEPTEMBER 30
Digital Design is not the goal of this site, however, as designer I ‘m learning UX to have a basic understanding and knowledge of this new “renamed” field (old webdesign branded ? as some designers claim.)
Neither yes or no, that’s the tech and mindset progress, like it or not, we can’t do anything about it.