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Women's March on Washington: strong in number, but how about design?

Excited to share the op-ed I wrote for Design Observer for this years International Women’s Day about the racial and gendered implications of the Women’s March Logo and the future of progressive design. 

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March 8th, 2017

Respectful design

As happy as I am to see op-eds that address issues of euro-centric design curriculums, and highlights the role designers play in the creation of culture, we need to way more assertive when we talk about decolonization.

It’s not enough to call for “respectful design” or underline the need for "trans-disciplinary approaches", these are blanket words that don’t inspire constructive action. We need take responsibility for the historic neglect and oversight of all non-euro design and own up to it. As Neebinnaukzhik Southall, who is interviewed in the op-ed, adds on her blog:

“Typically, most centers of education in the Americas have Eurocentric curriculums. While most educators inherit this situation with absolutely no ill intent, the truth is, the situation is historically rooted in some very ugly things: white supremacism, genocide, displacement, cultural suppression, and forced assimilation. It’s important to acknowledge this truth and make changes where we can.”

January 23rd, 2017

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