TEDxUF Club: Designing for Social Good With Vox Graphis

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In this week’s TEDxUF club meeting on Feb. 6, we teamed up with VoxGraphis to discuss design’s impact on the daily lives of people, how design is used to solve problems and how we can think about design purposes in more innovative ways. For those who would like to ponder further over the questions and videos, and for those who could not make it to the meeting, here is what we discussed:

Our first talk was Sinéad Burke’s “Why design should include everyone,” where she discusses the lack of design that is adaptable to her as a little person. She asks the question, “Who are we not designing for?”

Her ideas sparked the following questions:

Is design just a tool to create function & beauty? Or does design greatly impact people’s lives?

Why do we spend little time considering the design of things around us, such as airports, planes and terminals?

Why should we be considering when we design? And why is accessibility important?

When we describe something as accessible, who is it accessible to? Whose needs aren’t being accommodated?

What can we do to be allies for people who are abled differently?

For our next talk, we watched “When we design for disability, we all benefit” by Elise Roy. She shares how being deaf gives her a unique perspective on experiencing the world, which allows her to think outside-the-box in solving complex problems.

Then, we discussed:

What can we learn from looking sideways or asking stupid questions?

Which parts of the design thinking process do you utilize in your own life?

  1. Define the problem
  2. Empathize
  3. Ideation
  4. Prototype & Test
  5. Sustainability (Implementation)

Do you believe that everyone is creative? Can everyone become creative problem solvers through design thinking?

Do you think designing for disability first would always be beneficial? Could there be a downfall to this approach?

Why is it important to bring people from different disciplines with diverse perspectives together?


We hope to see you at our next meeting on Feb. 27 at 6:30! This will be our last TEDxUF Club of the semester.

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A special thanks goes to our creative director Victoria Gerson for leading the discussion, as well as Vox Graphis for being a part of this event!