An exploration of how marginalized communities might lead the design, dismantle structural inequality and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.
What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice” is an approach to design-led by marginalized communities and aims explicitly to challenge rather than reproduce structural inequalities. It has emerged from a growing community of designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and community-based organizations worldwide.
Design Justice goes beyond recent calls for good, user-centred design and employment diversity in the technology and design professions; it connects design to more immense struggles for collective liberation and ecological survival. This book explores the theory and practice of design justice, demonstrates how universalist design principles and practices erase certain groups of people—specifically, those who are intersectionally disadvantaged or multiply burdened under the matrix of domination (white supremacist heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and settler colonialism)—and invites readers to “build a better world, a world where many worlds fit; linked worlds of collective liberation and ecological sustainability.” Along the way, the book documents a multitude of real-world community-led design practices, each grounded in a particular social movement.