November 5, 2018 10am - 11am
Participants in this roundtable discussion will spend this time reflecting on their own internal elements and create a tangible, externalized artifact of these influences.
“You are not your user” is a common mantra in the design community, and a wise one that keeps us curious and open to others. However, “you” are many other things, including your mood, thoughts, context, past experiences, inherited beliefs, as well as your aspirations and ideals.
The things we carry are both a treasure and a burden. We struggle with forms of bias in every facet of life, including in our design decisions and in how we interact with others. We also draw on these internal aspects to manifest our unique perception of the world through what we make, think, and say.
"Opening doors" can start within, so we can be more open with others. The more we know about the attitudes, lenses, and understandings we carry inside, the more we can ensure we have the interdisciplinary representation to make our projects well-rounded. We can ensure we have the cross-section of backgrounds and perspectives to make our projects inclusive. And we can more readily and thoughtfully draw on our own influences to add our unique voices to the things we make.
Participants in this roundtable discussion will spend this time reflecting on their own internal elements and create a tangible, externalized artifact of these influences. Participants will be invited to share how these show up in their work and ways we might collaborate as a community to integrate a greater variety of perspectives.
612 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701