In Suezette's talk, she'll discuss her very last confrontation with impostor syndrome, moments before entering her final round interviews at Google. She'll also discuss why she's proud to work at an organization that has taken a clear stance on creating a truly inclusive community which deeply values each and every one of its team members.
Through this talk, we'll examine how to build conscientiously, looking within to resist systematic problems in order to create more truly performant, accessible, and inclusive systems for our users.
Whether designing a brand from the ground up or starting your own business—at some point, you're going to have to let go and embrace the unknown. As the founder of one of the first social impact-oriented design studios, Dawn has figured out the secret to making it work over the last 20 years: bringing people together and watching the magic unfold.
As Indigenous peoples progress from the American Indian Boarding School era, the urge to distinct tribes from Pan-Indianism forces a greater responsibility from indigenous designers to visually communicate sovereignty.
In this workshop, each group of participants will analyze an example of 'racialized' design in one of the three different identifiers; artifacts, systems, and experiences. Each group is invited to then participate in a design sprint by utilizing the Racism Untaught (racismuntaught.com / @racsimuntaught) tool kit in order to contextualize, define, ideate, prototype, and measure the impact of an anti-racist design approach.
How might we encourage meaningful conversation and productive tension among diverse stakeholders? How might we create brave spaces, where vulnerability is welcomed and honesty expected? In this session, Firebelly’s strategic team will share practices and principles for facilitating inclusive workshops, leading participants through a few favorite exercises to co-create Working Agreements they can use in their own projects. We’ll learn from each other and reflect on our experiences to sharpen our facilitation skills and head confidently and courageously into our next client workshops.
What are the roles of equity, history, and power in designing outcomes that either uphold or dismantle oppressive systems? How have our perspectives been shaped by the various environments and influences we’ve interacted with throughout our lives?
When bringing indigenous perspective into a classroom, various definitions need to be explored. Terms such as: decolonization, decoloniality, pan-indianism, cultural appreciation, and visual sovereignty are expressed in research when depicting cultural imagery of Native American culture. The goal of the workshop is to define these terms in a cohesive manner to help explain indigenous designers’ work. Following the discussion, participants will follow an activity that allows them to explore how visual sovereignty can be expressed based on materials native to their “homeland”.
Practicing inclusive design requires both exploration and implementation. This workshop will give insight into both. Reginé and Matt offer two hands-on design exercises: one surfaces issues that users may have as they age, and the other focuses on adding structure into user experiences to benefit keyboard users, users of screen readers and other accessible technologies, and single-column responsive designs.
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In this talk, participants will hear how my experiences as a Black queer woman has influenced my passion and dedication to activism through art and design. I will discuss how a continued lack of representation in a system that perpetuates White supremacy has influenced my work towards racial equity and empowerment through my work at Blackbird Revolt (blackbirdrevolt.com / @blackbirdrevolt) and Project Naptural (projectnaptural.com / @projectnaptural).
Reexamining the role of a socially engaged practitioner, educator and mother - highlighting student and community narratives through the lens of creative resistance.
According to the 2017 NCARB by the Numbers report, 85% of newly licensed architects were white, and 64% were male. The education requirements and expensive exam process create barriers that many cannot cross. Those who are currently not represented need support and guidance for a clearer path to careers in design. Chicago Mobile Makers, a nonprofit organization in Chicago is addressing the city's design diversity issues by providing affordable design thinking and problem-solving workshops for youth all over Chicago.
People of color face a number of barriers in the workplace from implicit bias in the hiring process to limited mentoring as careers develop. But one small barrier that often goes overlooked is having a professional headshot for their LinkedIn profile.
How is design used in radical acts of resistance? In what ways can design be a tool for amplifying messages of equity and social change whether in the streets or the academic institution? In this talk, Nikki and Sarah will share their experiences of designing dissent and the principles which guide their work.
How is design used in radical acts of resistance? In what ways can design be a tool for amplifying messages of equity and social change whether in the streets or the academic institution? In this workshop, Nikki and Sarah will take the principles of their main stage presentation and put it into action with this hands-on workshop. Participants will collectively author a design project taking their values to the streets and/or challenging institutions.