Where You Keep Your Ketchup or: The Need for Diversity in Tech

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Today I listened to a great episode of Reply All, a podcast I’ve recently started enjoying. The episode featured an interview with former Twitter engineer Leslie Miley. Miley, a Black programmer (who tweets from the amazing handle @shaft!), loved his job at Twitter but felt he was constantly having to address a lack of diversity in the company. By the time a colleague suggested using a name classifier as a way to monitor their hiring process—a program to automatically identify “non–white” sounding names, which would have been unethical, likely illegal, and probably ineffective (would it have flagged the name ‘Leslie Miley’ as belonging to an African-American man?)—Miley had had enough. No one in the company seemed to think diversity at Twitter was important. So, he left and started speaking out.

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2016 Interior Design Show Highlights

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The 18th annual Interior Design Show is coming to Toronto this week from January 21-24 and historically it’s been a significant jumping-off point in the careers of many independent designers. This year looks to be no different, with a special focus on emerging Canadian talent. The Studio North and Prototype exhibits feature custom and limited-edition works by independent Canadian designers, presented to consumers and to a panel of design industry leaders who are on hand to judge the offerings. This provides designers a chance to display as little as one piece of work with the chance of reaching a huge audience: over 12,000 industry professionals and 34,000 consumers are expected to be in attendance this year.

The financial accessibility of this event for the designers is questionable, with a minimum $25 fee for submissions and costs for accepted works ranging from $475 for a spot in a group prototype exhibit up to $4700 CAD + HST for a 10′ x 10′ private exhibit space.

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How Opportunities Shape Design

Eames Plywood Lounge Chair DetailDesign isn’t only limited by the borders of the creator’s imagination—technology and tools have a huge impact on shaping a designer’s possibilities. Imagine the difficulty you’d face in trying to create the first automobile if the wheel hadn’t yet been invented. A famous, modern example of technology shaping design potential is that of the Eames Plywood Lounge Chair.
Named by Time magazine as the Best Design of the 20th Century, the chair is modern, timeless, aesthetically pleasing, and surprisingly comfortable for something so simple (and unupholstered).

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