July 17-19, 2019 / Vancouver, BC

Designing with intentional intersectionality

A lens through which we view design work

Jacquie Shaw

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.