The speculative imaginary of Matriarchal Design Futures counters the values and priorities created by white supremacy and capitalism. It values collectivism over individualism, cooperation over competition, inclusivity over elitism, and human rights over profit. It does not keep score or use metrics to measure success. Matriarchal Design Futures foregrounds identities and agencies beyond the binaries shaped by heteropatriarchy.
The nature of design futures is not to provide answers, but rather to raise awareness, make the invisible visible, and provoke thoughtful dialogue and debate; ultimately we hope that the spark of this public conversation will lead us to imagine and co-create the world anew. With that said, we wish to supply tools for provocation and reflection rather than specific conclusions through our workshop and the workbook.
Matriarchal Design Futures is a work-in-progress pedagogical framework that centers caregiving and nuturing. Anyone is welcome to add to the collective, and co-create guiding priniples which will help us lead, teach, learn and contiue examining the intersection of design education, the design industry through matriarchal lens.
Co-created from 2020-23, Ayako Takase and Heather Snyder Quinn (with community members)
Workbook design by Ayako Takase, Heather Snyder Quinn, Claire Rosas
Designed in Chicago, IL and Providence, RI
Printed and bound by Tycho Horan at the Binch Press / Queer.Archive.Work studio
Upcoming & Past Workshops/Publications
9.25.23 Feminist Designer from the MIT Press
9.3.23 Attending [To] Futures from adocs
8.25.23 IDSA Academic Symposium
11.18.21 Attending [To] Futures
2.18.21 AICAD Academic Symposium