If you hadn’t noticed, the world around you isn’t designed for women. Even if you had noticed like I have, I bet you hadn’t noticed it to the extent Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, does. Man, it’s shocking!
Despite how incredible the bias is, it’s nothing compared to the ignorance and unwillingness to change it, like with car seat dummies in crash testing. They use a scaled down 50 percentile male and puts it in the passenger seat! That’s where they even try rather than just stick to the 50 percentile male. What? Women don’t drive? Or maybe aren’t stupid so they couldn’t make a dummy of one to be fair, or risk being offensive in doing so? Yes, that must be the reason [sarcasm, if you can’t detect it].
So many more eye opening examples are in the 99 Percent Invisible podcast below, including some really obscure ones you’d have trouble grasping, like how snow plowing patterns are designed for male driving. But still not enough for me as I’m going to have to get the book to learn more, being a designer of many things myself. I’m sure I’ve designed numerous things unknowingly biased towards me, but I’ve also learned to correct my ways such as giving women pockets in some garments I have designed for them… and equal sized pockets to men at that rather than ones 40% smaller that the fashion industry gives them!
Just watch the videos below. The design is nothing short of revolutionary, and not just for looks or function, but effectiveness and efficiency! I haven’t seen as good a combination of beautiful design and amazing effectiveness in a long, long time!
The video is about 6 months old at the time of this posting, but my avid cycling friends haven’t even seen this so it’s missing some key audiences, obviously!
The innovation discussed
Using Human centered design to plan your life.
What YOU can do with this innovation
Design your life, that’s all. 😉
There are enough artificial intelligence (AI) robots being designed these days that within a few years, you’ll probably not be far from one at many times in your lives, especially if you live in a city. Some of these robots elicit a positive reaction from people. Others, not so much. Some of this is due to what they do, but a lot of it is due to what they look like. Yes, we’re humans. We judge a lot of things, or form a lot of our judgement of things, including people, unfortunately, by their looks. We also seem to feel threatened in getting replaced by robots if they were too much like us. So what can one do to create a more visually appealing robot? Here are some thoughts.
I’ve blogged about clothes I’ve made for myself over the past few years, but haven’t invested in money to get nice pictures of them on me. More quietly, among people with whom I talk about my clothing designs, I’ve told them I was sure my designs would just as good on a woman as on me. In fact, I “half-joke” they’d look better on a woman than on me if I could find a better looking woman than I was a man. I say “half-joke” because I do believe it to be true, though it’s not like I don’t feel masculine in it. Quite the opposite, in fact, with that band collar and yoke, I feel like I’m in some sort of military uniform half the time! It just sounds like I’m talking about my men’s fashion designs for myself being cross-dressing material when I say I think it’d look good, if not better, than a woman.
In the past year, I became friends with a woman who can fit reasonably well into my clothes. Kaitlyn looked it and when we tried some coats on her, it fitted nicely. A little difference in the bust and hips, of course, but my fitted clothes had enough room to accommodate. Recently, she came over to do a photoshoot in my clothes, as I’m a photographer as well (new Instagram account), and this is the result. I don’t have great pictures to compare me to her in them, but I can guarantee you I don’t look anywhere near as good as she does as a person so you can take my word she looks better. Then just judge the clothes on a woman rather than on a man. I think you’ll agree with me. 🙂
Interestingly enough, these are the best pictures I have of my wardrobe… and they’re not on me. 🙂