Unboxing Gender By Design: Behind Open Doors

Project Details


Media discourses about gender and sexuality are often highly polarizing and reinforce binary thinking. However, people’s experiences and feelings often bend, blur and break society’s binary codes. Behind Open Doors is an experience created in order to unbox gender by design. It aims to repurpose user experience design methodologies to encourage intimate reflections about gender and sexuality that emphasize complexity and contradiction.

Through design intervention, in the shape of a participatory experience, the project seeks to emphasise the queerness of everyday life. It flips design methods by making data the foundation for shared understanding rather than data collection being the starting point for generating design solutions. In doing so, it questions the power of the designer. By repurposing the UX method of cultural probes the project seeks to foster empathy not as a means to a market but to encourage compassion and an ethics of care.
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