Design Conversations: Aza Raskin

Lecture | November 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Interface designer Aza Raskin on Human Protective Design.

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019. Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design's perceived innocence - admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully excludes - to formulate more deliberate positions on designers' role in shaping collective life. More than an effort to incorporate neglected populations within existing paradigms, today's leaders work to reinvent design and technology to promote alternative methodologies, knowledges, and ways of life. From racist bots to #metoo, the urgency of this reinvention has only become more apparent. This Fall, the Jacobs Institute invites a group of thinkers and practitioners to outline design's blind spots and exclusions and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.

Aza Raskin is a cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, which is leading the charge in reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. Among his previous accomplishments, Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience; founded Massive Health (an early consumer health behavior change company), Songza.com, and Humanized; and was a dark matter physicist at both the University of Chicago and Tokyo University.

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