This course addresses one of the thorny issues facing Silicon Valley – inclusivity. We will
illustrate how women, men and gender-fluid people interact with technology environments
differently. We will explore, articulate and examine the implications of these differences for
design thinking, processes and principles – many of which are determined by designers’
disciplinary backgrounds and the methods they use.
We will ask:
How can design thinking better address gender and diversity perspective issues in order to foster “inclusive” design and expand the potential of diversity for all users?
What might that look like (without stereotyping)?
In short: How can we embrace our differences for the betterment of all?
The course consists of a weekly three-hour class that mixes design thinking challenges with use
case explorations, design methodology, and guest speakers from technology, design and
academia. The class will include experiential learning and readings about cultural perspectives,
gender insights, design thinking and methods for inclusive design. You will be working in
interdisciplinary teams on projects aimed towards prototyping inclusive design solutions.
Professor of History of Science and Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment
Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Communication, Affiliated Faculty, GSB
Associate Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation (Engineering), Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Dr. Hannah Jones
Design Researcher and d.school Teaching Fellow (2015-2016)
Co-Founder of Rivet Ventures (focused on women-founded start-ups)