And Also Too

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Friends, allies, and collaborators: In the four years since starting up my independence design practice, we’ve co-designed projects that have led to tangible social justice wins like passing legislation for equity in First Nations education and providing independent accountability mechanisms to protect the rights of Mexican migrant workers. But we’ve also worked on changes that are harder to measure, such …

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STRUT: A counternarrative to design elitism

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The original icon STRUT is a new sex workers’ justice organization based in Toronto. Working from a framework that centres Indigenous sovereignty, racial and migrant justice, and that seeks alternatives to the prison industrial complex, STRUT aims to build power and relationships among those most impacted by the criminalization of sex worker’s lives. STRUT’s logo — a set of diamond-encrusted, …

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Welcome to the Wormhole

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I had the honour of speaking about design for social justice at the opening ceremony of this year’s Allied Media Conference. My talk sums up conversations I’ve been having with awesome friend and design co-conspirator Nina Bianchi in which we set out to develop a wormhole theory of design. Here’s what I said, along with a few of my slides: …

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The Future Design Lab

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On June 18, I’ll make my annual pilgrimage to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference (AMC). I call it a pilgrimage in all seriousness — this point in space and time holds immense political, creative, and emotional significance for me. It has introduced to me the concept of “media-based organizing,” which has fundamentally shifted how I approach my life’s work …

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Design Jamming: Co-Creating Images for the World(s) we Want to Build

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Back in April, I facilitated the first in what I hope will be a series of social justice design jams. Here’s how I billed it: Our movements need more images! We have a wealthy visual vocabulary of protest and critique — raised fists, barbed wire, marchers holding placards — but we must depict the world we are building, not just …

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Co-Designing Feathers of Hope

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The process she was referring to is the creation of Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan. It’s a monumental document, not just of the colonial legacy inflicted upon young First Nations people, but of their brilliance and power. In their own words, more than 160 youth from 64 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario reflected on the issues that …

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A Love Letter

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This blog is a love letter — to the communities that I belong to and serve as a designer whose practice is grounded in social justice movements, as well as to other designers and the design industry. Based on zero experience, here are what I understand to be the three key ingredients to an effective love letter writing project: 1. …

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