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Wednesday, November 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Who Deserves Good Design? Inclusive Design Panel

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Good design is no longer a competitive advantage, good design is table stakes if you want to build a product for mass adoption. Even then, beautiful products that don't solve real human problems are rarely economically viable. But when real human problems are solved with beautiful design, companies are born, products scale, and value for millions is created. Two assumptions exist in this scenario though – (1) that what you or I deem as good design is universally good design, and (2) that the human problem you or I is solving is actually worth solving. 

Are these assumptions rooted in the worldview of the privileged and powerful? Are today's most beautifully designed products and services designed equitably? How might we design better products, services, and experiences for the marginalized and disenfranchised? What does good design look like in the absence of our assumptions about who needs good design? These questions and more will be discussed as the panel helps us better understand the implications of equitable and inclusive design.

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Joel Fariss

Design Research & Strategy, Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy & Innovation
Joel is a design and strategy leader who has spent his career working at the intersection of design, technology, and human experience. Before joining the Mayor’s Office of Policy & Innovation, he worked as a Design Strategist with global design firm NBBJ helping clients such... Read More →

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Barbara Alink

Founder & CEO, Alinker
Barbara Alink, CEO of the Alinker Inventions, designed and developed conceptual and production prototypes for The Alinker R-volution walking bike. She established investment rounds, manufacturing partners, dealer network, marketing, media and press strategy for product introduction... Read More →
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Sarah Harmon

Founder, Poppy Medical
Sarah Harmon is the Founder & CEO of Poppy Medical, which strives to serve the whole person rather than just their medical condition. She has successfully designed, manufactured, and brought product to market, secured angel investment, and recently closed a 112% funded Kickstarter... Read More →

Michael Jenkins

Seattle Design Commission
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Jacob Simons

Director of Design Strategy, Gensler
Jacob devotes himself to creating delightful and impactful everyday experiences. As a social scientist and designer, he seeks opportunity to improve the relationship between people and infrastructure. “Whether we are working or playing, learning or healing, seeking refuge or connecting... Read More →

S. Surface

Seattle Design Foundation
Seattle Design Foundation
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Maurice Ward

Maurice served as a member of the Washington Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ), Co-chair of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee, and supportive member of the Behavioral Health Committee as well. Maurice is a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Impact Hub Seattle (3rd Floor Studio)