Design Research 101

Design Research 101

One of my goals in life is to be able to explain my job in a way that my grandparents will understand. On this page, I share links to useful resources about design, including some things I have made myself. 

💬 Talks and Workshops

✏️ Designing out Racism
A lecture I gave a Johns Hopkins University in 2022 around designing inclusive language structures in Genomics.

What does it mean to be an inclusive designer (PDF)

A workshop I gave with creative platform ‘Daisie’ about how inclusive design should work in theory vs in practice.

✏️ Why you shouldn’t try to win a D&AD pencil (PDF)

A talk I gave about trying to design for purpose instead of awards at D&AD with The Design Kids

👩🏼‍🦽Accessibility in Design

👩🏼‍🦽Design for Disability at UAL (Project)

A project I did with Dr Ju Gosling about how to make accessibility in Design more commonly used and applied at The University of the Arts London. 

🧏 Accessible Art Language (Blog)

Thoughts from the On The Mend Blog about small ways to write about design in a more accessible way.

👨🏾‍🦯 Tips on Making your site more accessible to visually impaired people (Blog)

Thoughts from the On The Mend Blog about ensuring your site is accessible to people with visual impairments (note: this is non exhaustive and meant as an introductory guide only)

Research Case Studies

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  • Inspiring Work from Dutch Design Week 2021 
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    Some of my hand-picked highlights from the 2021 Dutch Design week festival in Eindhoven

    ✏️ What is a Designer?

    ✏️ What is Design? By Design for health (Article)

    An introduction to design practice by Design for Health, a consortium founded by Center for innovation and Impact and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    🙂 Think differently about doing good as a creative person (Blog)

    Being a ‘good’ designer is one of my guiding principles. This is inspired by this blogpost by Omayeli Arenyeka, a programmer and activist.

    ❤️ Being authentic at work

    🥳 Bringing your full self to work (PDF)

    An exercise booklet I designed to encourage people to bring the best of themselves unapologetically to work.

    👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️Being a woman of colour at McKinsey (Podcast)

    A rare podcast I recorded with my friend Chantal Cox George about our time as women of colour at the world’s biggest consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.

    👋🏾👋🏻 Two Friends Talk about Race (Podcast)

    The episode where my teenage best friend Alex and I talk about school and education.