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Design, Oppression, and Liberation

Van Amstel, F. M. C, Noel, L.-A., & Gonzatto, R. F. (2022). Design, Oppression, and Liberation. Diseña, (21), Intro.

Abstract: The role of design in structuring oppression has gone largely unacknowl­edged by design research and design history. However, we can see a recent move, pushed by social movements, to recognize design’s complicity with many forms of oppression. Acknowledging oppressive design opens up the possibility of occu­pying, reclaiming, repairing, and restoring what oppressors have done with it. Some approaches shift design research from denouncing to announcing new realities. Without doing so, fatalism could prevail, even if critical of the current reality. In the case of design, this means putting equal effort on analyzing oppressive designs and on developing liberating designs. In tune with this implication, this special issue highlights research that contributes to both sharpening the understanding of oppression in design, and increasing the solidarity between the different struggles for liberation that cut across design.

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Original papers included in this issue

Moses, T. (2022). Amplifying the Black Voice Through Design. Diseña, (21), Article.1.

Bravo, L., Rufs, C., & Moyano , D. . (2022). Data Visualization for Non-oppression and Liberation: A Feminist Approach. Diseña, (21), Article.2.

Cordeiro Marques Correa, P., & Carvalho Cardoso, A. L. (2022). The Production of Life in Latin America and the Caribbean and its Relation to Design and other Related Fields: About Delinking, Disobeying, and Decolonizing. Diseña, (21), Article.3.

Albarrán González, D., & Campbell, A. D. (2022). South-South Dialogues around Buen Vivir-Centric Design. Diseña, (21), Article.4.

A. B. M. Souza, E., & Carneiro Cunha Filho, P. (2022). Student Strike as a Critical Pedagogy Practice in Graphic Design Education. Diseña, (21), Article.5.

Luck, R. (2022). Access and Mobility in Milton Keynes: An Inclusive Design History where Urban Planning Ideals and Design Intent Meet Disability Politics. Diseña, (21), Article.6.

Sosa, R. (2022). Generative Allegories of Oppression and Emancipation: Reflecting with Computational Social Models. Diseña, (21), Article.7.

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