Communicating gender

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In 2014 we contributed a chapter titled Communicating Gender : the challenges of visualising information for advocacy to the book Diversity & Design: understanding the hidden consequences by Beth Tauke, Korydon H. Smith and Charles Davis (Routledge: forthcoming)

Diversity and Design explores how design - whether of products, buildings, landscapes, cities, media, or systems - affects diverse members of society. Fifteen case studies in television, marketing, product design, architecture, film, video games, and more, illustrate the profound, though often hidden, consequences design decisions and processes have on the total human experience.

The book not only investigates how gender, race, class, age, disability, and other factors influence the ways designers think, but also emphasizes the importance of understanding increasingly diverse cultures and, thus, averting design that leads to discrimination, isolation, and segregation.

Our chapter is based on the framework of 'the three gets' proposed in our book Visualising Information for Advocacy, and combines fresh new analysis with familiar examples of visual advocacy (including some from our book).