We have seen that objects have politics and design is not neutral. What does that mean for interface designers and computer engineers? Is human-centered interface design sufficiently inclusive for all people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and walks of life? How can we address bias inside machines and code? How do we make it visible? How might we imagine alternatives?
Tedre, M. & Eglash, R. (2008) “Ethnocomputing” in: Fuller, M. (ed.) The Software Studies Lexicon. MIT Press: p. 92-101.
Pater, R. (2016) “Colour & Contrast” and “Information Graphics” (selection) in: The Politics of Design. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers: p. 82-85, 90-91, 179-185.
PIPES Hangar Barcelona (2015) "Interface Manifesto". Read the 14 points under "Topics"
PART 1: With the skills attained in Electronics week, use an analog or digital sensor to capture any subjective data (e.g. responses to a question, the distance of peoples preferred personal space, stress levels, ...) and visualize this data in a meaningful way using Processing.
PART 2: Empower your public/users to make up their own mind, and be as transparent as you can be about the perspective you took, the data you used, the relationship between the system and its parts (hardware, software) and the assumptions and limitations connected to the interface. Let this week's readings inspire you!