Andy Chen on an inside-out process to social design

Posted 2nd January 2013 • By Design Indaba • Topic Graphic Design & Illustration / Product Design • Category Talks in Design Indaba TVDesign Indaba Conference 2012 • Duration 00:10:33
For Andy Chen, design should be used to build empathy and to bring about social change.
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In this Pecha Kucha talk at Design Indaba Conference 2012, Andy Chen talks about sexual health in the elderly, social exclusion and pop music.

There's a lot of cynicism in the world about the role of design, says Chen.

The design graduate from Rhode Island School of Design believes that to affect design for social change it needs to be not just a bottom-up process but an inside-out one.

As a designer Chen says he is commited to using design to create empathy by allowing design to cut a path through people's lives.


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Andy Chen is a graphic designer and ethnographer who advocates for marginalised populations.