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Ethics and aesthetics of the experience designed for the Other

Keynote addressed in the A & D Visitors Series, School of Art & Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 2022.

This is a provocative talk on design ethics that might spark a debate with the audience. The presenter will show well-known design products and processes that promise to deliver unique experiences. His critique of these examples will uncover ethical questions related to oppression. Being a designer, is it ethical to design an experience for another human being? To what extent do we impose the aesthetic taste of our class, gender, race, or nation through our designed experiences? Can we design outside of taste regimes? How can we design against oppression and in favor of liberation? The experiences designed by the Design & Oppression Network will also be presented as a counterpoint.





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