Decolonizing Design and Visuals – Drawing Change in the news

We’re grateful for the mention of our team in a couple of articles recently about decolonizing design and health research. Three great resources to share:
In Decolonizing Design: Harnessing the Power of Design Responsibly from Tech Soup Canada, I want to boost Animiiki’s Jeff Ward and Dean Dori Tunstall, Ta7talìya Michelle Nahanee and others who I see as leading the work of decolonizing design!  “Design can be used to facilitate inclusion and anti-oppression in a variety of media, exploring the concept of ‘decolonizing design’ and the principles of human-centered design.” 

And big thanks to researcher Dr Brittany Bingham for her ongoing, tireless and amazing work in Indigenous health research. She’s collaborated with Michelle Buchholz and Drawing Change to bring graphic recording into her research methodologies. Her approaches are featured in the Tyee, Charting a Post-Pandemic Path for Urban Indigenous People.  “It starts with listening, learning and looking at health data in a new way, says Brittany Bingham.”   She says,

“Data tells people stories, and we have an obligation as researchers to have that data lead to action,” said Bingham, who was also recently appointed the first director of Indigenous research at both the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Health branch.

Bingham said she feels like a witness rather than a researcher when she works with community members. Tools like Drawing Change, which can capture people’s stories as they are shared, help her in ensuring they feel their stories are represented with integrity.”

Illustration by LvNL/Shutterstock
And if you’re looking for up to date information about racial equity and data visualization, more of a ‘how-to’, this came across my desk recently. Here’s a new piece by databiz experts John Schwabish and Alice Feng on data visualization and racial equity (great for anyone who makes charts, or reads them, at all):

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