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Join the Chicago Graphic Design Club to discuss Sasha Costanza-Chock's book, Design Justice.

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Join us to discuss Design Justice, where we will discuss the broader implications of "universal styles" and how we can shift from the new-wave social movements into true intersectionality. Beyond the design-for-good trend, how might we develop our own attitudes and tear down our assumptions of what "good design" is?

We will be discussing the content of the entire book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

An exploration of how design might be led by marginalized communities, dismantle structural inequality, and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.

What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice” is an approach to design that is led by marginalized communities and that aims explicitly to challenge, rather than reproduce, structural inequalities. It has emerged from a growing community of designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and community-based organizations around the world.

This book explores the theory and practice of design justice, demonstrates how universalist design principles and practices erase certain groups of people—specifically, those who are intersectionally disadvantaged or multiply burdened under the matrix of domination (white supremacist heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and settler colonialism)—and invites readers to “build a better world, a world where many worlds fit; linked worlds of collective liberation and ecological sustainability.” Along the way, the book documents a multitude of real-world community-led design practices, each grounded in a particular social movement. Design Justice goes beyond recent calls for design for good, user-centered design, and employment diversity in the technology and design professions; it connects design to larger struggles for collective liberation and ecological survival.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is a scholar and designer who works to support community-led processes that build shared power, dismantle the matrix of domination, and advance ecological survival. They are a nonbinary trans* femme. Their most recent book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (MIT Press, 2020) is freely available at design-justice.pubpub.org.

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