Values #3

The following points of the design justice principles apply to the article, “An Artists’ Guide to Not Being Complicit with Gentrification:”


  1. We use design to sustain, heal, and empower our communities, as well as to seek liberation from exploitative and oppressive systems.
  2. We center the voices of those who are directly impacted by the outcomes of the design process.
  3. We prioritize design’s impact on the community over the intentions of the designer.
  4. We see the role of the designer as a facilitator rather than an expert.
  5. We believe that everyone is an expert based on their own lived experience, and that we all have unique and brilliant contributions to bring to a design process.
  6. We work towards sustainable, community-led and -controlled outcomes.
  7. We work towards non-exploitative solutions that reconnect us to the earth and to each other.
  8. Before seeking new design solutions, we look for what is already working at the community level. We honor and uplift traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge and practices.


Some new design justice principles that can be seen and created from this article are:


  1. We involve ourselves in the community’s causes and put both of us on equal levels.


  1. We value solutions that are not immediate and oppressing but safe and empowering to the community.


  1. We understand the sentiments of a community and try and reach out to other artists/designers by setting an example.



Since I have never had the experience of working with a particular community, I cannot relate to this article on a personal level. However, everything mentioned in the article is understandable to anyone who upholds and believes in principles like the design justice principles. I think that the suggestions mentioned in the article are extremely helpful to any aspiring artist or designer. As a whole, it sheds light on the importance of valuing the community where the design is being conducted and the impact it can cause.





Parsons Values


Sustainability –


Edible Ethics, an interactive guide created by Communication Design major Nakiska Shaikh sheds light on the shift towards unsustainable agricultural practices in the United States. It stresses on the growing industrialized food system. By providing a deconstruction of the complex processes involved, she brings awareness of the harmful effects of this current system. This project is in accordance with the value of sustainability because it involves showing concern for the environment. It even explains the necessity to do so by giving valid explanations against the existing systems. The interactive guide encourages viewers to take efforts towards a greener and more sustainable agricultural system.


“Edible Ethics.” The New School Parsons Student Work. Accessed February 26, 2018.




Collaboration –

This design model and process was created by Jacob Hernandez, a Communication Design major at Parsons.  We All Matter develops and tests new designed responses that communicate directly with community groups. It serves to help the LGBTQ group particularly through empathetic techniques. This project assesses responses and develops better solutions that provide more opportunity for the LGBT youth. Collaboration plays an important role in this design because it is wholly based on the collaboration between the designer and the community. Since it involves empathy, understanding and acceptance, the project is a great example of collaboration at Parsons.


“We All Matter.” Jacob P. Hernandez. Accessed February 26, 2018.



Unity –


One of Parsons’ projects is the end-of-year celebration during the Parsons Festival every spring when it opens its doors to New York City. It is a way to unite artists among the city. Students from school meet various people all over the city and receive feedback from different perspectives. It doesn’t just bring together creative disciplines, it brings together entire communities through art and design. This initiative creates a bond in the city and aims to develop a more beautiful world.


“Spark a Conversation With the City.” The New School Parsons Research and Projects. Accessed February 26, 2018.



Freedom –


The New School tweeted in support of the #ParklandStudentsSpeak Movement assuring students that their involvement in standing up against gun violence will not affect their application to the New School. The tweet also mentions that the New School itself was founded in 1919 by an act of resistance against censorship. This university upholds the value of freedom by allowing its students and even prospective students to exercise their individual rights without fear of consequences. Comments below show that students are inspired by this support and are grateful for the school’s flexibility and understanding.


@TheNewSchool. The New School. February 24, 2018, 4:30 pm.



Growth –


This video describes the efforts taken by the Centre for Student Success – Careers at the New School. Counsellors and advisors help students by guiding them towards several opportunities. They conduct various events where students have the privilege to meet successful designers and alumni. They support students and help them engage with different people. Growth is a very important value that every institution must believe in. Here at the New School, growth is greatly valued and is shown in the uplifting attitudes of the students, mentors, faculty and staff. No student at the New School is treated differently and each one is encouraged to not give up on his or her dreams.


“Career Services – Students and Alumni.” The New School Parsons Career Services. Accessed February 26, 2018.


Since this is just my first year at Parsons, I haven’t been able to witness each of these values so I don’t seem to have any biases towards them other than the fact that I totally admire this school. My analysis doesn’t include any examples of the absence of values maybe because the sources I found were successful or work-in-progress projects and theses from the New School.

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