Applying the strategies of LaTosha Brown, Stacey Abrams, and Nse Ufot in the 2020 Georgia Elections and Senate runoffs to the design thinking practice

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What is design? Many think of design as purely aesthetic or functional products, but design is actually solving problems. The implications for problem-solving reach far beyond developing innovative tools, like rideshare car apps, but also include essential democratic processes, like casting a vote.

As a Black female designer, I watched in amazement as voting rights activists LaTosha Brown, Stacey Abrams, Nse Ufot, and other nonpartisan BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) organizations shattered voter suppression for Black and Brown communities. …

Providing resources, offering acceptance, and involving people of color are keys to making your company more diverse

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Here’s a common scenario: I attend a panel about the future of design and tech. During the talk, the panelists give many insightful, provocative answers to the various topics up for discussion. However, whenever they are asked about diversity and its impact on the future of the industry, the panel goes silent. Finally, one panelist changes the topic to “diversity in thought” in the workplace, and the conversation continues.

The phrase “diversity in thought” is a relatively new invention that perplexes me. Diversity in thought is the idea that our strategic thinking and perspectives are formulated by our culture, experience…

Lessons learned from a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the design community

Only 20.1% of designers in the United States are people of color. Yes, you’re reading this correctly. When you break it down further, 8.9% are Asian and 5.1% are black or African American. By 2040, over half of the U.S. population is expected to be made up of people of color. It has become imperative for us, as designers of color, to both create products and services that acknowledge those diverse backgrounds and recruit individuals reflective of that cultural mosaic into the design profession.

I’m not new to the friction that comes with being part of the ethnic minority. In…

Arielle Wiltz

Arielle is a Senior Experience Designer at Morgan Stanley, formerly an Interaction Designer at frog Design. There, she bootstrapped and founded frogMentors.

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