Public health is in crisis. Design thinking could help

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“Together designers and public health professionals can make a great impact on people’s health.” Martelle Esposito is the founding president and CEO of Mothership, a nonprofit platform for millenial parents seeking health information. She’s also the the senior program manager at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Research Innovation Laboratory for Enhancing WIC Services (HPRIL). She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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Why visual design has never been more important for educating the masses

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Graphic designer Denishia Macon talks to Doreen Lorenzo about design’s power to educate, brands chiming in on social justice movements, and the challenges facing Black designers today. Denishia Macon is the lead graphic designer and design consultant for Macon Designs . She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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How OCAD’s Dori Tunstall is rewriting the rules of design education

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Dori Tunstall, the world’s first Black dean of a design school, is on a mission to redesign design education itself: “We can’t decouple colonialism from design. They’re deeply linked and implicated.” Dori Tunstall is the dean of the faculty of design at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) in Toronto, and the first Black and Black female dean of a faculty of design anywhere in the world. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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MacKenzie Bezos unveils her first public philanthropic effort—with a famous partner

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MacKenzie Bezos and Melinda Gates are teaming up for a philanthropic effort to help women gain more power and influence by 2030. MacKenzie Bezos is dipping her toe into the public philanthropy world as a divorcée. Her first publicly announced project offers a glimpse into her interests: helping women from all backgrounds gain more power . She is teaming up with a famous peer, Melinda Gates, to launch the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge , which will give $30 million to the organizations with the best plans to expand women’s influence in the United States by 2030. Read Full Story

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What ghost-designing for Martha Stewart taught this creative about leadership

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Delanie West has had an illustrious career, designing for everyone from Martha Stewart to Faber-Castell, where she developed the first reversible sequin toys (which are now everywhere). Then she struck out on her own: “I had always found myself to be the only Black woman doing what I’m doing throughout my career.” Delanie West is founding creative director of the brand and consulting business Be Super Creative . She is also chief operating officer at Healthy Roots Dolls and partner & chief strategy officer at Black Creatives. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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Discrimination charges at Pinterest reveal a hidden Silicon Valley hiring problem

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Two Black women who worked at Pinterest went public with their stories of pay disparity and discrimination. Their experience illuminates tech’s wider problems with pay “leveling.” In July of 2018, Ifeoma Ozoma started a new job as the public policy and social impact manager at Pinterest. After working on the large public policy teams at Facebook and Google, she was excited to be the second person on Pinterest’s team, where her responsibilities included leading half of the global public policy team’s work. She believed she would be building the team from the ground up, with the head of public policy as her partner. Plus, Pinterest was pre-IPO, meaning that there was a significant financial opportunity to be had once the company went public. Read Full Story

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Gen X women navigating the last workplace taboo can help Gen Z age in public

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The CEO of a creative agency says, “This taboo is just one of many that women in the workforce face, as we’re pressured to avoid discussing gynecologist appointments, mammograms, childcare obligations, or anything that might remind the office that you are a female.” A good friend recently turned 50 and, naturally, she considered throwing a party to celebrate the big day. But when she told a female colleague about her plans, the colleague warned her that she might want to keep her big birthday to herself, as it could “seriously undermine” her status at work. Read Full Story

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The future of experiences, according to a theme park designer

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Fri Forjindam’s clients include HBO’s SXSWestworld, Paisley Park, and Comic-Con, among others. Here, she weighs how theme parks can adapt for a COVID-19 world. Fri (pronounced “Free”) Forjindam is co-owner and chief development officer for Mycotoo, a global entertainment development and production agency that creates award-winning destinations, from theme parks and live events to museums and immersive brand experiences worldwide. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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Despite Republican attacks, abortion pill Mifeprex is not dangerous

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20 Republican senators are trying to convince the FDA that Mifeprex is harmful, but science and history show otherwise. Earlier this week, 20 Republican senators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration calling medication abortion drug Mifeprex “dangerous” and asking for it to be classified as “ an imminent hazard to the public health .” The letter vastly misrepresents the science on Mifeprex, which women can take in combination with another drug to induce an abortion up to 10 weeks after becoming pregnant. Read Full Story

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Why masks aren’t better at protecting us from viruses

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In short: Bad design. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was part of a research team investigating the design of health equipment, including masks. Masks are important for protecting healthcare workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may even suggest that the general population start wearing them in public (contradicting previous advice). But masks aren’t foolproof. That’s because many of them are poorly designed. Read Full Story

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