Stereotypes vs. archetypes: How to respond to bias, stereotypes, racism, and sexism from clients and participants
We’ve all been there. The client or research participant shares a stereotype about how users behave, what they think or their skills, based on gender, race, socioeconomic status or profession. In these moments, how can we react properly to not influence the research session, yet still keep a good conscience? How can we present our research results to clients in the face of their bias? While technology and communication are considered great globalizers and unifiers, they often contribute to extreme polarization or reinforcement of existing biases. As designers, we have a responsibility to make sure the technological innovations we design are detached from these biases.
This session will cover context, background, and theory to frame the problem, and then propose practical methods to address these challenges in your next project, including:
– Screening and recruiting research participants considering stereotypes, race, gender, and other potential biases.
– Educating clients to become aware of their own biases and stereotypes, helping them shift towards archetype-thinking.
– What we as designers and researchers can do to recognize and counteract our own privilege, bias and stereotypes.”