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Design for Diversity™ (D4D) is Project Inkblot’s framework to help companies operationalize design processes that illuminate blind spots and cultural/racial biases, before they are embedded into the end product.

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Critical to creating diverse, inclusive and equitable products & services, our D4D framework looks at 5 Key Areas in the design process that are often overlooked, yet integral to mitigating diversity related challenges:

  1. Intent vs. Impact

  2. Equity Ideation

  3. Interdependent Teams

  4. Source Community

  5. Sourced Iteration.

Our D4D trainings and consulting services provide a shared language as well as a set of checks-and-balances that all team members can be empowered to employ, in order to ensure equitable processes and results.

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TO UNDERSTAND DESIGN FOR DIVERSITY™, HERE ARE KEY SOME TERMS

  • Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction. [What’s the plan?]

  • Diversity is quantitative. It’s the composition of the plurality of people represented in your marketing campaign, the attendees in your program, the decision makers on your product team. [What do you see?]

  • Inclusion is the quality of the experience that you’ve designed for your constituents as it relates to their being respected as leaders and decision makers. [What do you feel?]

  • Equity are the systems and processes that uphold our commitment to diversity and inclusion as reflected in your workflows, in your day-to-day decision making, and how you design. [What are the systems + processes?]