Design: WTF!? // 04 Design Justice with Una Lee


In this moment of mounting injustice, it can be hard to see how graphic designers can make a significant difference. Sure, we provide pro bono services for causes we care about, offer lower rates to nonprofits to help boost their brand presence, and work on self-initiated campaigns that have personal importance to us. 

But is there anything else? Absolutely. The most important thing designers can change at this moment is the way we are practicing design — considering our impact, expanding who is involved, and questioning the entanglement of design, commerce, and the almighty client. In this talk, Una will share the work she and many others are doing to organize around a set of shared principles for design justice, and will share stories from her own practice and from the Design Justice Network.

Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-based design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director of And Also Too, a co-design studio for social justice visionaries and an organizer of the Design Justice Network, which seeks to use design as a tool for collective liberation while also making design more equitable. She is an advocate for consentful technology — building and using applications and networks in ways that are inherently protective of anyone who will be impacted by them. She has been a guest designer for the Vermont College of Fine Arts Masters in Design program, a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society, and Policy, and lectures internationally on design and social justice. Originally from Toronto Canada, Una now resides in Johnson, Vermont.

Today is arguably one of the most exciting times, and let's face it—overwhelming times—to be a designer. From problem-solving in health care to bringing about social change in society, design is exploding and constantly changing. AIGA Vermont is excited to bring a new series focused on these issues and discussions around emerging trends and the future of design. Please join us for monthly talks by local and national design champions to inspire and educate in the areas of social design, healthcare design, game design, exhibit design, government design, UX, AR/VR, and more! Sponsored by the Masters’ in Emergent Media at Champlain College

$10 AIGA Members
$15 Non Members
$5 Students
FREE for Masters’ in Emergent Media at Champlain College students

When & Where
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Maglianero Cafe
47 Maple Street
Burlington, VT 05401