Queer-Sensible Designing: Challenging Normative Gender through an Industrial Design Practice

Silas Denz, Wouter Eggink

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    Abstract

    Conventional design practices regard gender as a given precondition defined by femininity and masculinity. To shift these strategies to include non-heteronormative or queer users, queer theory served as a source of inspiration as well as user sensitive design techniques. As a result, a co-design workshop was developed and executed. Participants supported claims that gender scripts in designed artefacts uphold gender norms. The practice did not specify a definition of a queer design style. However, the co-design practice opened up the design process to non-normative gender scripts by unmasking binary gender dichotomies in industrial design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2019
    EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019: Research perspectives in the era of Transformations - Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
    https://designinnovationmanagement.com/adim2019/

    Conference

    ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019
    Abbreviated titleADIM 2019
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period19/06/1921/06/19
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    Keywords

    • Design Practice
    • Gender Normativity
    • Queer Theory
    • Participatory design
    • Gender Design
    • Design Research
    • brand identity

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    Denz, S., & Eggink, W. (2019). Queer-Sensible Designing: Challenging Normative Gender through an Industrial Design Practice. Paper presented at Academy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019, London, United Kingdom.