What is culturally-responsive design?
In this discussion post, we will respond to the two readings on Culturally-Responsive Design (CRD).
This week’s reading includes two chapters from designer Senongo Akpem’s Cross-Cultural Design (Links to an external site.) . (Links to an external site.) In chapter 2, Akpem defines 5 principles of Culturally Responsive Design for us to consider. In chapter 5, “Culturally-Responsive Experiences,” Akpem provides a suite of material design elements to consider, when designing for cultural flexibility.
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To develop a shared understanding of Akpem’s Culturally-Responsive Design, read chapters 2 and 5 and respond to the following prompts:
1) What are Akpem’s 5 principles of CRD? How do you see them intersecting with prior frameworks or concepts?
The five principles of CRD according to Senongo Akpem is embracing cultural immersion, researching creative communities, working with experts, questioning assumptions, and prioritizing flexibility. (Akpem et al. 2020) Akpem states that cultural immersion and researching creative communities can be achieved by immersing yourself with the culture that you are designing for, which can be done by reading the literature of the target culture, attending local events, media consumption of cultural depictions, visiting cultural centers and neighborhoods where target audiences live and work. Thirdly, working with experts will be necessary to provide the knowledge that’s necessary to act as a buffer between the audience and your content. Along with cultural immersion can come biases, stereotypes and assumptions of cultures and ideas so it’s important to strategically document them, state your biases out loud for discussion, and turn the assumptions into questions. Lastly, Akpem explains that prioritizing yourself with a “flexible, shareable artifact that can be tested, discussed and iterated” (Akpem et al. 2020) is imperative.
Akpem, S., & Small, C. (2020). Chapter 2. Principles of Cross-Cultural Design. In Cross-cultural design. essay, Jeffrey Zeldman.
1. Which core design system elements surprised you? Write about some things you personally learned from this chapter.
2. Find a culturally-responsive design, and
I. Write about what about this design makes it culturally responsive. Cite extensive examples, screen shots, language, etc
II. How do you think it could be improved based on any prior concepts or frameworks we have learned so far?
Please provide citations/page numbers for your sources of evidence.
General a short informal report in which you respond to these prompts