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20 - Unlearning The Bias In Design Education with Ida Persson

20 - Unlearning The Bias In Design Education with Ida Persson

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And we’re back!

I’m excited to announce the return of the Low Fidelity Unleash Your Mindset! podcast, after a shortish break, I jumped on the chance to resume my conversations with creatives and learn insights from them to help us all learn, grow, and become resilient in work and life.

To kick off Season 2, I had a conversation with Ida Persson, a Communications Design Lead at IDEO, on the topic of the biases in design education and what we, as designers, can do about it.

A few highlights from our conversation

  • Learn about Ida's journey of becoming aware of the biases she learned in her design education.

  • Learn about the challenges unlearning our biases brings and how we all can take small steps forward to identify and work around our own biases.

  • Learn how to expand your sources of design knowledge and information to include diverse voices from underrepresented groups.

  • Learn why it's important for designers to question the beliefs we carry to help us break free from the biases that can harm us.

Quotes from the episode

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.

- Audre Lorde

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long possessed that he is set free — he has set himself free — for higher dreams, for greater privileges.

- James Baldwin

Mentioned in the episode

Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey

Airbnb Design - Another Lens - A research tool for conscientious creatives

The Dance Floor and the Balcony

Futuress.org - Where feminism, design, and politics meet

About Ida Persson

Ida is a designer, storyteller, and creative professional passionate about designing solutions and environments that center on inclusion, equity, and human-centered design principles.

Born in Sweden, based in Munich, and with a decade of experience designing in the U.S., she finds inspiration in exploring different cultures and perspectives. She believes that it is our differences that make us stronger as a collective.

In her current role as a Communication Design Lead at IDEO — a global design company — her work focuses on crafting compelling stories and designing innovative solutions.

Articles by Ida

Biases in design: hiding in plain sight in a world full of visuals

Good design is invisible. But so is design that harms.

Diversity in design: Inclusion alone won’t fix a broken system

Normalizing the human experience through increased representation

The harm of simple symbolism

Connect with IDA



About Low Fidelity

Low Fidelity is a creative platform to help designers thrive in life, make a positive impact in the world, and realize their full creative potential. The Low Fidelity platform includes a weekly newsletter, a podcast, and a YouTube channel.

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Low Fidelity
Unleash Your Mindset!
Hi! I’m Rizwan. I'm on a mission to help you develop a resilient mindset so you can realize your creative potential. In each episode, I speak with guests to discover actionable strategies you can apply in your life to overcome inner struggles such as impostor syndrome, limiting beliefs, fear, doubt, and much more. Life is too short to feel stuck; it's time to unleash your mindset!