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Design, Digested #11: All-women Edition

New instalment of my design inspiration series. A digest of everything that inspires me and helps me become a better designer. This week it’s all about women.

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Meet the computer scientist and activist who got Big Tech to stand down

Four years ago, as as a graduate at MIT’s Media Lab, Joy Buolamwini started looking at the racial, skin type and gender imbalances in facial recognition technologies. Her research helped persuade Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft to put a hold on facial recognition technology.

Read the article on Fast Company.


You are not your data but your data is still you

We conceptualise our personally identifiable information (PII) through privacy, which treats it as a property that is separate from us. Although, we don’t own the data the same way we own a house: it is us. In the article, Tricia Wand explains how the processes that involve algorithmic decision-making over human beings can become threats to our lives and communities.

Read the article on Medium.


WordPress All-women Release Squad

A release squad of people who identify as women will ship the next stable version of WordPress CMS – the 5.5. It means giving equal opportunities, sharing experience and empowering. Kudos for this initiative.

Read the article and the release planning on WordPress.org.


Benevolent sexism: a feminist comic explains how it holds women back

French artist Emma illustrates perfectly how certain friendly remarks can belittle women in the workplace. Reading through the comic, I found myself nodding along. As a woman in tech, I’ve experienced most of the situations described by Emma. Have you?

Read the comic on The Guardian.


Digital artwork by Es Devlin voices accounts of atomic bomb witnesses

Set designer Es Devlin and design associate Machiko Weston created I Saw The World End, a display to mark 75 years since the atomic bombs were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The work, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, is a collective reading from both British and Japanese sources sharing thoughts and testimonies of the events.

Read the article on Dezeen.


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By Silvia Maggi

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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