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Mindful Cyborgs #69 — Materials Science & Plastic‐making Bees with Deb Chachra

Designers do spend a fair bit of time think­ing about what mate­ri­als to use, but they don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly think about why those mate­ri­als have the prop­er­ties that they have.

Steal This Talk

Appropriation is some­thing we’re real­ly uncom­fort­able with. We talk about it most­ly in neg­a­tive terms, when we even talk about it at all. But it’s also weird­ly a pret­ty fun­da­men­tal part of how we work.

If You Build It, They Won’t Care: Designing Privacy‐Preserving Technologies for People with Other Interests

I think that pri­va­cy is some­thing that we can think of in terms of a civ­il right, as indi­vid­u­als. […] That’s a civ­il rights issue. But I think there’s also a way to think about it in terms of a social issue that’s larg­er than sim­ply the indi­vid­ual.

Human Rights Meets Design Challenges

How do we take this right that you have to your data and put it back in your hands, and give you con­trol over it? And how do we do this not just from a tech­no­log­i­cal per­spec­tive but how do we do it from a human per­spec­tive?

Art, Design, and the Future of Privacy Introduction

We have to know what we want. We have to imag­ine how it looks. We have to under­stand how it feels, how it smells, how it func­tions, before we can design it. Before we can code it. Before we can imple­ment it, and before we can sell it.

Psychological demands of tech­nol­o­gy — or how your prod­uct is killing my self‐esteem

There is a cer­tain way peo­ple work, or a cer­tain way a large por­tion of peo­ple work. And when you build a thing that demands them to suf­fer, you should make some attempt to alle­vi­ate that suf­fer­ing so they can get to the goal.

Andie Nordgren at The Conference 2015

Hello. Let’s talk about ego. I believe that many projects and orga­ni­za­tions today have too much of it, and that it hin­ders them from doing bet­ter design work on prod­ucts and ser­vices. That’s a bit of an accu­sa­tion, so let me talk you through what makes me say that.

Designing a Country from Scratch: Nation Branding in South Sudan

Design for emer­gence oper­ates on a dif­fer­ent set of cri­te­ria steeped in the pol­i­tics and urgency of its time. I believe that in this sce­nario, hav­ing these so‐called safe choic­es is not a bad thing. During this time of emer­gence it’s good that we have defined a graph­ic lan­guage of nation­hood, expe­di­ent vari­a­tions of heraldic tra­di­tions of crests, car­touch­es, and coats of arms. A lin­gua fran­ca of legit­i­ma­cy.

Khaleeji Design: An Imported Aesthetic?

If you are giv­en the task to lec­ture on design some­where in the Middle East, do you think you’ll need to tai­lor your approach? Maybe think about your ref­er­ences, the lan­guage, the vast­ly dif­fer­ent back­ground? The answer most prob­a­bly is yes.” But the real­i­ty of design edu­ca­tion in the Middle East, and more specif­i­cal­ly the Gulf Region, prove oth­er­wise.

Wrapping Sentences Around Things

So that’s what we’re try­ing to do, I think, we devo­tees who write about the designed and pen‐outlined world. We’re just wrapper‐uppers at Crate and Barrel. We’re pack­agers, tem­po­rary pack­agers. And our cho­sen pack­ing medium—sentences, paragraphs—sometimes obscures as much as much as it helps us see.