Charlottesville August 11 & 12
I am in shock. The past few weeks I can't stop reading in horror about the events that happened in my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. <NY Times: A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath>
I've decided to change the focus, or at least the content, of my project from extremely inward facing data collection and individual behavioral change, to outward facing design. I don't think design can fix this horrible system of institutional oppression and systemic racism, but perhaps I can use it to bring awareness of these issues to more people. The apathetic "this doesn't affect me directly" public are who I want to concern myself with. I don't know yet where this will lead me or how I can use design in this context, but I know that I can't stop thinking about it. I feel this pull toward these subjects of racism and oppression. These systems were designed to oppress people, perhaps I can work toward designing something that does the opposite.
I need to do something.