As more and more design challenges move from artifact to service,
and from service to system, the considered role of interaction design
has become an imperative. But in the arena of design for social impact,
the power of interaction design, deliberately paired with appropriate
products, can make for an explosive combination.
This presentation will cover the outputs of a series of projects
aimed at creating design interventions along deliberate gender lines,
focusing on girls and women, and covering topics ranging from nanny
contracts, “ovulation power days,” and breast feeding, to campus date
rape, cancer rehabilitation, and leveraging the collective wisdom of
grandmothers (one phone call at a time). Through each project, I will
articulate in detail how interaction design unlocks the potential for
social impact, and how artifacts, paired with those interactions, can
be leveraged to create compelling, repeatable recipes for social change.
Bonus: For attendees interested in design education, this session
will provide a template for fast-tracking interaction design learning
across many disciplines. For those who have a, well, different
relationship to school, did we mention the remote
lipstick-message-on-the-mirror device? Or the housework tools designed
for a man? Fun AND social impact promised for all.