Inclusive Design

The lecture for this week talked about Inclusive Design. To me, inclusive design is collaborating and accepting everyone. In the creative industries, no matter where you work, you will always be working with someone else in a different department. Every area will have a different vibe or personality and communicating with your team is so vital, so inclusive design is therefore, vital. Inclusive Design in film would be including everyone in a project, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability etc. As a pansexual female, one of the most heartbreaking things to hear is that someone won’t work with/for you because you’re gay, or a woman. Not only do the teams need be inclusive, but whatever is being created should try and avoid alienating groups of people.

Project Implicit is a non-profit Organization and international collaboration between researchers who study “implicit social cognition”. They have created “The Implicit Association Test” and made it freely available on the web: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.

I think a lot of the inequality in the workplace and in the final creative product comes from a lack of knowledge and understanding about different groups of people. It’s so important to become educated and understand the issues facing those who are oppressed.

For me personally, I try and include as many LGBTQIA+ and Female characters in my films, not only because i resonate with them, but because i know first hand that my groups of people are not represented well in the media. After doing this test i will try and make a conscious decision to include more groups of people into my films, so everyone feels included.

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