To effectively create products that serve diverse users, you need a diverse workplace full of designers who bring different perceptions, experiences, and influences to the table. We asked a handful of pros ‘how can designers support diversity in their organizations?’ Here’s what they had to say.
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Unconscious Bias in The Workplace: IDEO.org’s Rafael Sergio Smith Talks Design Solutions to Promote Diversity
Rafael Sergio Smith is the design lead at IDEO.org, IDEO’s non-profit arm aiming at tackling challenges related to poverty around the world. He’s done a lot of research into what he calls widespread unconscious bias in hiring practices, and is a firm believer that technology and design is the answer.
A self-described non-traditional worker and director of user experience at Cisco Systems, Oliver Wenz despises conventional offices and the day-to-day lifestyle that comes with them. We talk to him about collaboration and the future of work.
Talin Wadsworth, Lead Designer for Adobe XD, is part of a centralized team at Adobe, and leads 7 designers directly. As the team has grown, one focus for him has been evolving a process that can continue to foster a culture of open feedback. We had a conversation about what he has learned along the way.
Design works best when it operates as a holistically across an organization, that plays nicely with other functions and approaches. In order to do this, leaders need to build design cultures that are contextually appropriate and contextually aware.
Just over four years ago, William Allen was working as the COO at Behance when Adobe acquired the company. Allen has continued his work at Adobe, now a Senior Director overseeing Behance, 99U and Adobe Portfolio. In the tech world, that kind of commitment to a gig post-acquisition is a rarity, and it’s also a testament to how both companies handled the acquisition and transition. Today, Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work.