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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