Throughout the Fall 2017 semester, senior-level Information Design students were asked to use the Human Centred Design Process to examine one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; a framework for the most important challenges that we are facing today as a society, with topics ranging from access to clean water and healthy food, safety and security, sustainability and climate change, gender equality and many more.

These global concerns exist on our doorstep, and Information Designers have the unique capacity to make sense of the complex overlapping systems that these challenges are borne out of. In fact, the responsibility that they have as Information Designers is to make the complex clear and accessible for people, enabling understanding, empathy and action.

These senior students aimed to answer some pretty critical questions:

  • How might we implement a better system that eliminates the need for any adoptable animals to be euthanized?
  • How might me enhance accessiblity to the world for individuals with physical/sensory disabilites?
  • How might we help women in abusive relationships get the support and resources they need?
  • How may we educate youth to be empathetic in order to reduce intolerance in society?
  • How might we help Calgarians be responsible consumers in the food industry?

Check out the Humanly video.

Or the Humanly web site.

Credits

Course: COMM 4620 Document Production II, Fall 2017

Taught by: Kelsey McColgan and Ben Kunz.

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