Design and technology: gender-related approaches among industrial design students

Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero


In this article is examined the possibility of extending the social scope of design practice by recognizing the gender status of individuals, this from a review of primary sources linked to the observation of how gender issues affected the design and technology approaches in six groups of industrial design students while they formulated research proposals to their final degree projects. It is proposed a gender inclusive approach to support social processes of diffusion of technology through design, which implies promote a participatory mindset among designers, by means of which, according to his own experiences, all people be valued as partners of the projects; this as an alternative to the technocratic mindset where design criteria tend to be dictated by experts, as a rule, without any dialogue, reducing ordinary people to passive clients waiting to receive the progress so designers can bring to them.


Gender; design, sex; society; technology.


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