Product and technology designers—often white, cis-gendered, male, and of a higher socioeconomic status—design objects based on implicit or explicit assumptions about what is needed and how it will be used. This singular and filtered perspective has resulted in much design innovation, but it does not address, reflect, or affect society as a whole, nor the majority of its members
In a slowly-growing recognition of the narrowness of this lens, the field of Human-Computer Interaction is witnessing a call towards an integration of a feminist agenda into its research and practice. In this talk, I share my attempt to further these efforts through the integration, testing, and refinement of a Speculative Feminist Approach to Design, using a series of research projects. I will also propose a set of questions to move us beyond the limitations of user-centred design.
Dr. Milena Radzikowska is a Professor in Information Design at Mount Royal University. Since 2005, she’s collaborated on over 25 interdisciplinary design research projects, several with budgets in the millions, extending over longer periods (anywhere from two to seven years). She’s the co-author of Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage (Routledge Publishing, 2011), and two upcoming books, Design + DH, and Prototyping Across the Disciplines (Intellect Books, 2019). Milena lives and works in Alberta, Canada.
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