Design justice: Community-led practices to build the worlds we need

In the past few years, I realised that I have no idea why I studied design. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure I did not know what design was when I first embraced the choice to study it. Anyhow, what I can tell today with more than 10 years in the field is that I do believe in change and I know design can help us achieve it. Such belief is reinforced when reading ideas just like the one presented in this new book by Sasha Costanza-Chock.

I won't pretend to agree on every single argument or position presented in the pages of “Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need”, but I do consider the book is an incredible invitation for a reflective and political positioning of designers and their practices. This makes the book not just interesting to read, but powerful.

Understanding the book as a call for the massification of such ideas. I would like to take the positive impulse, and encourage everyone to see design justice asa framework [that] can provide tools to support existing and emergent critique of design.” In such a constellation, Costanza-Chock points out the importance of intersectional feminist networked movements and how these are “increasingly engaged in debates about the relationships between technology, design, and social justice.”

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