More (diverse) humans
Broaden your perspective by inclusively defining the target audience. To disrupt the repeating cycle, embrace diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, values, and viewpoints.
Design is shaped by non-human elements, from landscapes to digital files, influencing spatial and temporal contexts. Acknowledging these actants empowers designers to anticipate impacts and recognise the value beyond monetary considerations.
Work with the design process, perceive it not as a rigid structure but as a dynamic entity with its own movement, entwined in ever-shifting temporal and local circumstances. Observe, recognise, and partner with the design process to enable it to evolve purposefully.
Challenge power dynamics
Imagine scenarios where the main stakeholders are not humans, or what it would be like to design for a completely maginalised group. Question and rebalance power distribution and ensure that non-humans actively participate and influence design decisions.
Diverse input integration
Actively listen to or observe the needs and viewpoints of all actants. Use tools like empathy mapping and journey mapping to identify patterns of pain points. Try to understand the needs, values and desires of actants as various as possible.
Develop systems that offer chances throughout the design process for every actant, human and non-human, to assume the role of a designer. Try employing methods like decision matrices that account for non-human's agency to ensure non-human actants are also active participants.
Recognise that actants exist within interconnected networks that extend beyond immediate boundaries. Acknowledge the interdependence of these relationships to estimate the impact your design may have on them.
Understand that digital or physical products exists in context. Files, for example, rely on various elements, such as storage, encryption, and networks. Recognise the co-dependency and coexistence of such actant with humans within these interactive patterns.
Agency & disruption
Realise that each actant possesses agency, capable of disrupting the system when its needs go unmet. Design with the understanding that all actants have their own influence.
Delve into people's real-world contexts and gain rich insights. Unbundle social and cultural fabrications to understand people through their worldviews
A democratic creative process, ensuring more inclusive and relevant solutions that reflect their needs and desires
Embrace diverse worldviews, cultures, and experiences for creating solutions that honour pluralism, equity, and environmental harmony
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