Democratizing digital design | USS News



March 22, 2018

ASU dancer, designer Jessica Rajko on the power of having a diverse design team

Imagine having a conversation with a bespectacled companion. You are desperately trying to make eye contact with them, but all you can focus on is the non-blinking third eye that may or may not register you, but is definitely watching everything. This is the sentiment that Google Glass evoked among many, and the main reason for its failure.

In cases like this, a creator’s instinct is to put the project down and wait until people are ready for such technology to become part of their lives. But Jessica Rajko, a collaborative feminist dancer, designer and assistant professor at the School of Film, Dance and Theater, suggests an alternative.

“Rather than reluctantly pushing the company to be ready, I ask designers to critically consider the limits of their own designs,” she said.

In her ASU KEDtalk, she discusses the power of a diverse design team within digital technology and the immense benefits that flow from this multifaceted approach.

Rajko’s lecture is part of the ASU KEDtalks series. Short for Knowledge Enterprise Development Talks, KEDtalks aims to spark ideas, spark curiosity and inspire action by spotlighting ASU scientists, humanists, sociologists and artists who are determined to find solutions. to the greatest challenges in the universe. Log on to to find out how the next educational revolution will happen, if space is the next economic frontier and more.



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