For Spring 2021, we will be continuing our theme, For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging, first launched in the Spring of 2019. This series investigates design’s blindspots and exclusions and invites guests to discuss the ways their work examines ideas around inclusivity. Learn more about the series here.
Dr. Bess Williamson is a historian of design and material culture and an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (2019) and co-editor of Making Disability Modern: Design Histories (2020). Her work explores diverse histories and practices of design that extend expertise to users and communities, and challenge designers to address access and power in their work.