Design Justice Track

Making design more just

How can design better support communities facing injustice? How can we foster design processes, and not just products, that uplift our movements’ values? The Design Justice Track builds on principles that have been shaped by the AMC community and is a place where we can put these principles into action. Through storytelling, idea generation, and reflection, we will identify and uplift strategies to make design more just for those who are marginalized by it. Participants will be welcomed into the Design Justice Network, a community of design practitioners and organizers who are applying the design justice principles to their work. Participants will also gain methods and models they can bring to their own community-based design practices.

Coordinators of this track are Adrienne Gaither, Victoria Barnett, Carlos Garcia (L05), Sasha Costanza-Chock, and Taylor Stewart.

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Call for Participation

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 — whether they relate to visual culture, the planning of our communities, or the structure of political and economic systems — tend to have the least influence on those decisions and how they are made.

Design justice rethinks design processes, centralizing people who are normally marginalized by design and using collaborative creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face. Developed during the 2015 and 2016 Allied Media Conferences, these principles help establish a shared definition of design justice.

Does your design practice, creative process, or approach to community organizing align with the principles above? Do you create and innovate with people who are most affected by design decisions? If so, we invite you to submit a proposal to the Design Justice Track at AMC2017. We are looking for designers, community organizers, and those who feel kinship with the principles of design justice to propose hands-on workshops, skillshares, panels, and sessions. We will also be accepting submitted work to be shared in the Design Justice exhibition space.

We welcome proposals that build upon, demonstrate, and/or seek to challenge the guiding principles of our network.

Sessions should explore:

  • Diversity within design practice and community organizing
  • Expanding perceived definitions of design
  • Examples of design justice principles in action
  • Roles of community participation within design justice
  • Design justice within Detroit

For more information about proposals and exhibition submission please contact the Design Justice Network at

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