How to be a Design Jedi
The embedded nature of technology in our increasingly interconnected world requires a new framework for how we practice design.
As a young UX Designer, I saw the power in the process I was learning. It was clear to me that human-centered design was a path to dramatically shift businesses and ultimately large-scale systems.
And yet I felt like this realization put me in a design minority.
I was deeply embedded in communities of practice in the social impact and design spaces, and yet these two areas were not talking.
I was riding the bus to class over 2 hours a day and experiencing firsthand how clunky and unintuitive LA's transportation system was - especially where the digital and physical connected.
I was talking with other designers about how technology was a tool to rethink how government services were delivered to communities.
The more I explored these intersections and opportunities, the more I started to see that the paradigm in which we traditionally practiced design was shifting. There was a new, interconnected world emerging and humans were coexisting with technology in ways previously unanticipated. There was a new need for an ethical framework that would empower designers to think deeply about the long-term impact of technology on humans and communities.