Gender bias in everyday design | onePodcast #14

Wednesday (7/31/19)

🎙️ This week's onePodcast share is 99% Invisible

About the show: Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.

Which episode should you listen to? The episode with Caroline Criado Perez, the author of Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (I bought the book, you should too!)

Why? Not all of us think about design problems affecting women daily or even at all at times. A lot of designs that are created for the “default” human are created with the cis man in mind. This causes tech, medical research and other policies to be fatally flawed by not taking women into account.

When it comes to snow clearing flows, heart attack symptoms, test dummies for car crash testing, etc. there are a number of instances where women are left on the back burner causing huge risks. As an example, women are more likely than men to die following a heart attack because the symptoms we’ve been taught to look out for (chest pain and pain down your left arm) is a diagnosis for males. So these “default” symptoms that we know can be absolutely fatal if you’re a woman.

What can be done? When designing, hiring, conducting research think about the variety of users from all types of backgrounds, demographics and gender. Design for them. Think of them.

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