Designing with people : Understanding people’s worlds

Social designers have important moral and ethical responsibilities.

Join us for some conversation and case studies about design research in complex social contexts.


Jax Wechsler and Daniel Mohr will set the scene, sharing some design research methods and cases from across the globe.

John Murphy and Kate Goodwin are User Experience leads for a four-year audio-visual links (AVL) project within the criminal justice area of the NSW Department of Justice. Part of the research for the project has been a diary study with families of people in detention to understand how they communicate with their loved one and to investigate potential for communicating via AVL. John and Kate will talk through the research and some early findings

Charmaine Jones is a consultant anthropologist with an interest in the intersection between design and anthropology. She has worked since 2004 on a number of native title cases in Western Australia and Queensland. Between 2008 and 2012 she looked at the environmental politics of southern Chile. She will explore a few of the ethical implications of this work, particularly the issue of having overlapping and conflicting obligations to multiple stakeholders.

The talks will be followed by a panel where we will talk about conducting design research with people and the associated ethical responsibilities.

Delicious snacks by the good people at Parliament on King will be provided.
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Video coming soon!