Big Question
Advancing People-Driven Design

How can design research and processes be implemented to promote personal and community wellbeing by positioning people affected by complex social issues as leaders and designers?

Too often, design is for the designer, not the people who use it. These outcomes “tell” people how they should use a design and what experience is ideal. But design is not for designers—it’s for the people who use products, services, and systems. So, why don’t we put these people at the center of the design process?

When designing is driven by communities of people, it is infused with those peoples’ unique cultural backgrounds, values, and makeup. Facilitating the creation of outcomes with populations to empower communities to create outcomes that align with their goals and values. The Living Values research team is using this approach to learn what prevents people in underserved communities from recording their end-of-life choices and I’m always working to bring this approach to more projects.

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Categorized: People : Behavior

Living Values: Researching and Designing End-of-Life Decision-making with People who are Marginalized

January 11, 2019

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Breaking Down Barriers to End-of-Life Conversations and Planning in Greater Cincinnati Appalachian Communities

January 12, 2018

The Living Values project research team facilitated this workshop in order to encourage discussion about interventions that could reduce barriers that prevent end-of-life conversations.

  • end-of-life decisions
  • Publishing
  • Workshop
Breaking Down Barriers to End-of-Life Conversations and Planning in Greater Cincinnati Appalachian Communities
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Design Research: Decisions Related to End-of-Life Issues

August 4, 2015

Testing the power of design through studying decisions related to end-of-life issues.

  • design for social change
  • end-of-life decisions
  • engaged scholarship
  • healthcare
Design Research: Decisions Related to End-of-Life Issues
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Winning Recognition for Water Scarcity Solutions

April 10, 2013

Research-informed solutions to battle water scarcity win awards in behavioral science at the first annual UNT Graduate Exhibition.

  • award
  • design research
  • Publishing
  • social science
  • UNT
  • water
Winning Recognition for Water Scarcity Solutions
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Bring Your Own Bottle

October 15, 2010

A post for Blog Action Day addressing the scarcity of water and proliferation of plastic.

  • UNT
  • water
  • water bottles
  • water fountains
Bring Your Own Bottle