6. Chrissy Casavant

At the core of design is communication, and communicating clearly, consciously, and thoughtfully is important to my design making process. Part of being a socially conscious designer is being thoughtful and deliberate when making design choices. I’m curious about how design can solve human problems. One of the problems facing the design world today is inaccessible and exclusive design. My thesis work aims to define inclusive design, expand the definition of accessible design, and reach other designers who are also interested in making inclusive work. I also will explore how principles of typography, layout, color, and form can be utilized to be the most effective.

Inclusive design can improve the quality of life and ease of access to information for a wide range of users, and create impactful social change. I’m interested in exploring both digital and physical inclusive design, as they each have capability to reach different audiences. Analog design has staying power, while digital design offers adaptability. Both are important for a designer like myself to understand.

I’m particularly interested in using inclusive design in the context of health and wellness tools and organizations.  I think there’s a need for wellness design within the design community, wellness community,  and in society as a whole.

In my research, I hope to expand my own understanding of inclusive design across varying industries and environments. I also want to pass this knowledge on to other students and designers. Inclusive design isn’t as thoroughly taught in design schools as it could be, and I’d like to help change that. Making work more usable to users of varied age, ability, culture, and socioeconomic status benefits everyone: the client’s message gets distributed farther, the user can access information more, and the designer’s work is successfully communicated.