Lesley-Ann Noel in conversation with Adele Vanarsdale

Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

In a special event co-sponsored by the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and generously co-sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, designer and educator Lesley-Ann Noel will talk about her new book, Design Social Change: Take Action, Work Toward Equity, and Challenge the Status Quo. Noel will engage in a discussion with Adele Vanarsdale, Director of Campus Project Planning, and take questions from the audience. In Design Social Change, Noel shares essential design strategies for making a lasting impact in the community.  "With our growing understanding of the role that art, design, and cultural strategy can play in buttressing base-building and community organizing, Design Social Change provides indispensable tools, tips, and resources for creating a more healthy, just, and sustainable world." --Bryant Terry

Professor of Media Arts, Design and Technology at North Carolina State University, Noel practices design through emancipatory, critical, and anti-hegemonic lenses, focusing on equity, social justice, and the experiences of people who are often excluded from design research. Her research also highlights the work of designers outside of Europe and North America as an act of decolonizing design. She also attempts to promote greater critical awareness among designers and design students by introducing critical theory concepts and vocabulary into the design studio, e.g. through The Designer’s Critical Alphabet. Noel practices primarily in the areas of social innovation, education, and public health. She is co-chair of the Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society and is a co-editor of The Black Experience in Design.

Event address: 
Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Design Social Change: Take Action, Work toward Equity, and Challenge the Status Quo (Stanford d.school Library) By Lesley-Ann Noel, Stanford d.school Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781984858146
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - November 28th, 2023

Discover design strategies for using your own unique social identities and experiences as inspiration to challenge the status quo and create the kind of lasting change that leads to greater equity and social justice, from Stanford University's d.school.


The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection By Anne H. Berry (Editor), Kareem Collie (Editor), Penina Acayo Laker (Editor), Lesley-Ann Noel (Editor), Jennifer Rittner (Editor), Kelly Walters (Editor) Cover Image
By Anne H. Berry (Editor), Kareem Collie (Editor), Penina Acayo Laker (Editor), Lesley-Ann Noel (Editor), Jennifer Rittner (Editor), Kelly Walters (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781621537854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Allworth - February 1st, 2022

The Black Experience in Design spotlights teaching practices, research, stories, and conversations from a Black/African diasporic lens.

Excluded from traditional design history and educational canons that heavily favor European modernist influences, the work and experiences of Black designers have been systematically overlooked in the profession for decades.