At the end of September, the four of us gathered in Toronto for a 2-day retreat. It was our first time being in the same room together at the same time — Shameela and Sylver are based in Toronto but have different schedules, Lupe lives in Montreal, and I am mostly in Vermont. We see […]

 

Each June, I head to Detroit to join hundreds of designers, artists, technologists, and organizers who are using media to imagine and build more just futures. The beauty of the Allied Media Conference is its unwavering focus on media strategies that are working for — and developed by — communities that are marginalized and threatened by […]

 

This post originally appeared on designjusticenetwork.org Design’s power lies in its mediation of daily life. Through branding, design communicates the financial status of consumers. Through art direction, it sets standards for which bodies are considered normal and desirable. Through architecture and urban planning, it determines what our neighborhoods look like. These are not just forms […]

 

Since partnering with Feathers of Hope in 2011, the initiative has grown in ways I had not known were possible. This First Nations youth advocacy and dialogue project brings together young people from across Ontario to talk about their experiences and present ideas to decision makers at all levels of government around how to address the inequities they […]

 

How do design and designing participate and reinforce power structures in an intersectional way through and across race, gender and class? How can design and designing offer novel ways to understand the ways in which power operates in intersectional ways? And possibly how can design and designing propose ways of intervening in such complex and […]

 

On June 21, 2015, 30 people gathered in a session called “Generating Shared Principles for Design Justice” at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. The participants identified as designers, artists, technologists, and community organizers. Participants discussing a design for social impact story The hope was to start shaping a shared definition of “design justice” — […]

 

The Poster Design Workshop held on June 2, 2016 at the Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park brought together community members across Toronto for an evening of community-centred poster designing. Co-facilitators Una Lee and Gracen Brilmyer walked participants through the essentials of poster design — text, imagery and layout — as they created posters individually and […]