Design Justice Network Principles

 

This is a living document.

Design mediates so much of our realities and has tremendous impact on our lives, yet very few of us participate in design processes. In particular, the people who are most adversely affected by design decisions — about visual culture, new technologies, the planning of our communities, or the structure of our political and economic systems — tend to have the least influence on those decisions and how they are made.

Design justice rethinks design processes, centers people who are normally marginalized by design, and uses collaborative, creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face.

  1. We use design to sustain, heal, and empower our communities, as well as to seek liberation from exploitative and oppressive systems.

  2. We center the voices of those who are directly impacted by the outcomes of the design process.

  3. We prioritize design’s impact on the community over the intentions of the designer.

  4. We view change as emergent from an accountable, accessible, and collaborative process, rather than as a point at the end of a process.

  5. We see the role of the designer as a facilitator rather than an expert.

  6. We believe that everyone is an expert based on their own lived experience, and that we all have unique and brilliant contributions to bring to a design process.

  7. We share design knowledge and tools with our communities.

  8. We work towards sustainable, community-led and -controlled outcomes.

  9. We work towards non-exploitative solutions that reconnect us to the earth and to each other

  10. Before seeking new design solutions, we look for what is already working at the community level. We honor and uplift traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge and practices.

* Adapted from https://www.alliedmedia.org/about/network-principles

Become a signatory to the Design Justice Principles

Show your support for our network principles by becoming a signatory. This is the first step in becoming part of the Design Justice Network.  (*We will add new signatures as they come in, once every few weeks)

Signatories

  1. 1.    Una Lee
  2.    Sasha Costanza-Chock
  3.    Victoria Barnett
  4.    Taylor Stewart
  5.    Wesley Taylor
  6.    Carlos Garcia (L05) 
  7.    Ebony Dumas
  8.    Danielle Aubert
  9.    Victor X Moore [Two X]
  10.    Maya Wagoner
  11.    Julia Kong
  12.    Brooke Staton
  13.    Joal Stein
  14.    Matt Fox
  15.    Gordon Casey
  16.    Judeth Oden Choi
  17.    Liz Barry
  18.    Laurenellen McCann
  19.    Ash Arnett
  20.    Mark Busse
  21.    Grant Chinn
  22.    Maha Bali
  23.     sava saheli singh
  24.    Cansu E. Dedeoglu
  25.    Yolanda Guerrero
  26.    Wes Hinckes
  27.    Andy Ng
  28.    Lilly Garcia
  29.    Annie Laurie Nichols
  30.    Josina Vink
  31.     Felix Chu
  32.     David Clifford
  33.     Samantha Zucker
  34.     Grace Wu
  35.     Andrea Ngan
  36.     Corrina Hui
  37.     Kendell Harbin
  38.     Frances Lee
  39.     David Clifford
  40.     Tara Horn
  41.     Rebecca Ricks
  42.     Lan Nguyen
  43.     Ali Rachel Pearl
  44.     Samantha Viotty
  45.     Emilie Reiser
  46.     Christine Ortiz
  47.     Susie Wise
  48.     Aimee Knight
  49.     Michael Palmyre
  50.     Geoff Kaplan
  51.     Jonathan Stegall
  52.     Leila Howard
  53.     TROY LAMBERT
  54.     Kay Ma
  55.     Ryan Wallace
  56.     Cheryl Hsu
  57.     Hedia Balkhi
  58.     Erin Butler
  59.     Julie Pedtke
  60.     Jonah Hundert
  61.     Kevin Lo
  62.     Tom Malarkey
  63.     Prateeksha Singh
  64.     Teresa Delfin
  65.     Kat Bak
  66.     Amanda Palmas
  67.     Euree Kim
  68.     Tamara Daniel
  69.     Alex Tyson
  70.     Lindsay Shoaff
  71.     Purdom Lindblad
  72.     Gabriela Rodriguez Beron
  73.     Huma Durrani
  74.     Alex Tyson
  75.     Lindsay Shoaff
  76.     Catherine Manalo
  77.     Danny Spitzberg
  78.     Ashley KUbley
  79.     Shalini Agrawal
  80.     Stephen Walter
  81.     Darren Stebeleski
  82.     Keesa V. Johnson
  83.     Isabelle Yisak
  84.     Tawana Petty
  85.     Sarah Ali
  86.     Pandora Thomas
  87.     Purdom Lindblad
  88.     Anca Matioc
  89.     Becky Michelson
  90.     Liz Morgan
  91.     Catherine D'Ignazio
  92.     Anne Galperin
  93.     Ana Tellez
  94.     William Dyson
  95.     Ezrena Marwan
  96.     Nechari Riley
  97.     Adam Chuong
  98.     Marta Delatte
  99.     kd diamond
  100.     Shey Rivera
  101.     Debora Kodish
  102.     Miho Kitagawa
  103.     Denise Shanté Brown
  104.     Danielle Filipiak
  105.     Taylor Ferrari
  106.     Kendra Sarvadi
  107.     Jocelyn Weidman
  108.     Lolo Sirois
  109.     Benji Mauer
  110.     Micah Epstein
  111.     Ozzie Clarke-Binns
  112.     Petra Kramer
  113.     Hannah Stewart
  114.     Danny Park
  115.     Susan Towers
  116.     Krithika Sathyamurthy
  117.     James Lowry
  118.     Kieran Cutting
  119.     Nicholas Torretta
  120.     Mathilda Tham
  121.     Andy Darby
  122.     Laura Forlano
  123.     Firuzeh Shokooh Valle
  124.     Eduardo Perez
  125.     Kylie Jack
  126.     Cheryl Dahle
  127.     Alex Mann
  128.     Tasman Munro
  129.     Nell Beecham
  130.     Katherine Jones
  131.     Elvia Vasconcelos
  132.     Chi Nguyen
  133.     Georgia Bullen
  134.     Juan Felipe Gómez Guerrero
  135.     Paul Bowman
  136.     Jess Mitchell
  137.     Becky Slogeris
  138.     Kate Hayes-Huer
  139.     Jonathan Pincus
  140.     Lauren Davies
  141.     Allie Mahler
  142.     Keenan Cummings
  143.     Ryan Hayes
  144.     Aditi Padhi
  145. Jennifer Roberts
  146. Jessica Mason
  147. Chris McKeeman
  148. ling chou
  149. Cris Cristina
  150. Luke Bacon
  151. Jennifer Brown
  152. Léa van der Tak
  153. Monica Nunes
  154. Melissa Lau
  155. erika harano
  156. Lorena Lucas Regattieri
  157. Rhea D'Silva
  158. Cherry Chen
  159. Boaz Sender
  160. John Fass
  161. Iva Jankovic
  162. Jos Duncan
  163. Ashley Eberhart
  164. Church Lieu