Designing with (Non)designers: Building Relationships to Enable Co-Design
How might we rethink the notion of “solutions” when addressing complex social challenges? Co-design offers an approach for designers to collaborate with end-users, to develop solutions that are aligned with user needs, responsive to socio-cultural contexts, and reflect real-world usage patterns. However, how might this approach look like in practice, especially in the service of building capacity so that the people who ultimately interact with a product, service, or experience can raise their agency and ownership to sustain impact? Join Isabelle Yisak, an experience designer, and Khessia Jean-Baptiste, a public school teacher, and Teachers for Equity (T4E) Fellow, for a conversation as they share their work on launching teacher-driven initiatives to address persistent racial disparities in education as a case study.
“Why?” and “What if?” are the top questions that drive Isabelle’s work in the social sector. As a design researcher, she brings her experience in participatory design, facilitation, and social research methods to translate data into meaningful insights that can spur more inclusive and equitable outcomes. As a college student at Brown University, she co-founded and served as the Chief Strategist of Kaya Collaborative, a nonprofit that aims to inspire, educate, and mobilize youth in the Philippine diaspora as partners in long-term, locally-led social change in the Philippines. More recently, she has worked on projects focused on climate change resilience, and in 2017 she co-created a fellowship program for K-12 teachers that equips them to address issues of racial inequity in their own school communities. Currently, Isabelle is an Experience Designer at the Business Innovation Factory and an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Continuing Education.