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Designing with intentional intersectionality

Written by Designing with intentional intersectionality

August 25, 2019

Originating from critical race theory and feminism, the use of intersectional analysis is growing within design and research practices. Intersectional analysis/design for intersectionality was not merely a technique in design, but extends, existing as both a method and overall methodology. One which can be applied at every stage of the design process. The practice of intersectional analysis requires designers to approach the technique with a willingness to learn and self-examine their biases. As designers move to practices involving wicked problems, intersectional design presents a way in which designers might confront their own privilege and power; allowing for a wider breadth of empathy, nuance and understanding needed to best address the complexity of practice and changing world.

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