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

  165. Max Stearns

  166. Cassini Nazir

  167. Deepa Butoliya

  168. Aleiya Evison

  169. Marisa Morán Jahn

  170. Kate Styer

  171. Ben Green

  172. Sucheta Ghoshal

  173. Chase Carter

  174. Tania Anaissie

  175. Quinton Batts

  176. Reina Cabezas

  177. Katherine Alteneder

  178. Mike Collins

  179. Valessio Soares de Brito

  180. Justine Humphry

  181. Wallis Motta

  182. Jay Wall

  183. Kate Hotler

  184. Sara Menefee

  185. Kathy Wu

  186. Abby Benedetto

  187. Graeme Mesheau

  188. Angela Henderson

  189. Lesley-Ann Noel

  190. Kiki Feng

  191. Monique Lopez

  192. Kat Bak

  193. Scarlett Snowden

  194. Enric Senabre Hidalgo

  195. Akshansh Chaudhary

  196. Allison Chan

  197. eve stirling

  198. Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz

  199. Ana Serrano

  200. Benjamin Melançon

  201. Nimisha Patel