Designing For Humanity-logo

Designing For Humanity

Business >

More Information


What it means to design for humanity, with Rie Norregaard

Through conversations on Designing for Humanity, and her work at SYPartners, host Rie Norregaard has been trying to discern what might be required for a new design framework that can address increasingly complex and systemic challenges. In this episode, the tables are turned. As the episode guest, Rie shares how her own thinking about design has evolved on her journey in understanding how to design for humanity. Transcript available at


Season 1 Recap

Season 1 Recap by SYPartners


Advocating for inclusivity through art and conversation, with Shannon Finnegan & Sugandha Gupta

Artists and makers Shannon Finnegan and Sugandha Gupta pull inspiration from personal experiences to provoke conversation and insights through their work—about activism, inclusivity, and the experience of enjoying art itself. In this episode, Sugandha and Shannon discuss the possible shortcomings—and inadvertent exclusivity—of existing design frameworks, and how organizations can be welcoming spaces for disabled people. They also tell us about their experiences as part of the inaugural...


Imagining alternate pasts and possible futures, with Marti Romances

Imagine an alien planet, or a dystopian society. What does it look like, sound like, or feel like? These are the questions that Marti Romances seeks to answer when he brings creative visions to life in blockbuster movies. In this episode, Marti explains the collaborative process between directors and designers to create believable futures that don’t yet exist, one that requires drawing inspiration from diverse and surprising sources. Marti Romances is a Creative Director at Territory, where...


Blockchain, escape rooms, and experiments: designing for equity, with Laura McBain

As the co-director of the *Stanford K12 Lab*, Laura McBain is exploring how to disrupt inequity in the classroom and unleash creative confidence in educators. In this episode, Laura walks us through how she applies design to re-imagine everything from common core assessments to safe spaces, among other challenges facing our American education system. How might learning experiences be different for students of all ages if teachers and principals were recognized as designers? Laura...


A professional “catastrophizer” brings creativity to crises, with Gabby Almon

What happens when you take inspiration from Disney Imagineers and apply it to disaster relief and humanitarian crises? Find out from Gabby Almon, who’s bringing together creatives and government teams to collaborate in hopeful new ways around challenges such as extremism and refugee migration. "We are in new times,” Gabby says, "We need to completely rethink how we do business, how we serve people, and how we even view problems." Gabby is a trusted advisor to government, philanthropic, and...


Time for tech to get inclusive, with Kat Holmes

“Inclusion has risen to the top of many organizations, but what to do next is still unclear.” In this episode, Kat Holmes opens our eyes to bias and exclusion in the design process of everyday objects and technologies, and introduces a new hypothesis for how to break the cycle. Kat is a pioneer of inclusive design, previously at Microsoft and currently as founder at Kata. Her award-winning Inclusive Design toolkit is widely recognized as a radical evolution of design thinking and she was...


Building a runway for change in fashion, at 3’5”, with Sinéad Burke

“As a society, we look at accessibility as something which is ugly, but my question is, ‘Why don’t we look at it as an opportunity for innovation and creativity?’” Writer, activist, and fashion enthusiast, Sinéad Burke gives us a unique glimpse into her life with achondroplasia and the fascinating places it has taken her—from TED to Davos to Burberry’s design studio. After hearing Sinéad’s compelling stories, you’ll never look at design— buildings, iconography, fashion—the same way again....


When a designer meets a social worker, with Tucker Viemeister

For Tucker Viemeister, there’s never been a separation between the making side of design and the social side. “It all boils down to how people treat each other,” he tells us in this episode, along with a variety of insights and stories from his famed design career, including the backstory of the award-winning Oxo Good Grips kitchen tools and why optimism is such an important quality for designers. Tucker founded some of the most influential design businesses in the world today, such as Frog...