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Design, Digested #5: Diversity Problems and Bias

Design inspiration series. This week: diversity problems and bias in the tech industry; the gender data gap; anti-racism reading list and bad doors.


Are You Building Straight, White, Male, Middle-class Products For Straight, White, Male, Middle-class People?

Phil Bennett wrote a compelling article that touches the main problems in tech: diversity and bias. A must-read, all backed by data.

Read the article on Phil Bennett’s website.

Menus, Metaphors and Materials: Milestones of User Interface Design

As technology gets better at each iteration, designs are regularly updated and replaced. Boris Müller and Frank Rausch compiled a list of interaction design classics providing insights that are relevant today. 

Read the article on Medium.

Over-complicated? Over-simplified? The UX Efficient Frontier

Morgane Peng introduces us to the UX Efficient Frontier concept for business interfaces. It helps us find the sweet spot between not too simple and not too complicated.

Read the article on Medium.

Anti-racist Reading List For Designers

The design industry is 71% White. Lexi Namer listed books and articles aimed at designers with the intent of starting a dialogue about our privilege, assumption and biases as designers.

Read the article on Medium.


It’s Not You. Bad Doors Are Everywhere

In his best-selling book The Design Of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman highlighted the issues with most doors. Their design gives people the wrong signal, which then needs an explanation to make it work. It’s not you. 


Invisible Women

Invisible Women […] exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

Read about the book on Caroline Criado Perez’s website.

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A UX Designer with a passion for photography, she writes about design and tech. Member of the Interaction Design Foundation. When words are not easy to find, she publishes her pictures.

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