In a world riddled with inequalities, exploitation and consequences of climate change, we know that Design and UX have been contributing or, at the very least, complicit. We ought to do better, but how? Let’s explore which skills, practices and methodologies should we adopt to take responsibility towards people, society and the environment. In this presentation we will have a hard look at how traditional design practices have contributed to the current world’s problems, specifically in the context of tech.
As the values in society, business, policy, civil society are shifting, many practices, philosophies and skills are emerging, practices that are rooted in social justice, psychology, ecology, system thinking. Design Justice, Regenerative Design, Design for wellbeing and many others have different origins and birth dates but share similar values and tackle problems that are connected.
The designers that want to embrace values of equality, sustainability and self-determination will have to embark on a journey of learning and, more importantly, unlearning. Unlearning some of the established exploitative design methodologies and learning to see the bigger systems at play, the influence of their bias, the ability to hold nuances and complexity and the accountability for the short and long-term consequences of their design decisions.
Through the exploration of these emerging design practices designers will have the tools to de-construct their own work and be more intentional about their role in the future.
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This initiative was started by Randstad UX for the R'UX Network & Community. It escalated quickly and we spread beyond the Randstad. Because there are very important topics in this awareness week, we thought it would be better to reskin the portal without our own branding, and only add our logos to the events we organise ourselves.
To make this initiative work for as many important voices as possible, we decided to also list other relevant events around the topics and themes of Design for Tomorrow. If you are organising relevant events, please feel free to add them to the list. That way more people can hear about ethics, sustainability, human centered and human centric design and every other important topic in the design world today.