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Detroit City of Design Podcast

Olga Stella

As stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design Designation, we aim to raise your awareness of how design can create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity for all. In season 3, we will hear from thought leaders who view our world through a lens of empathy and apply design thinking to address some of our world’s most pressing issues.

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Marquise Stillwell is the founder of Openbox, a design studio and consultancy based in New York City that works at the intersection of people and systems. He is also the cofounder of Opendox, a film company that tells lesser-known narratives, Deem Journal, an editorial publication focused on design as a social practice, and Artmatr, an international community of artists and engineers working to merge digital technology with painting methods. In this episode Marquise and Olga discuss his human-centered approach to design and how the design industry can respond to the current calls for racial and social justice.

Links for reference: Openbox, Opendox, Artmatr, Black Girls Code, MLK Library, adrienne maree brown, Shield and Spear, Designing for Dignity.

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Dug Song and Sally Carson, discuss the role of design in tech. Doug is a general manager and cofounder of Duo Security, now a part of Cisco. And Sally is their head of product design and user research.

Duo Security makes it safe to log into anything from anywhere, from any device, at any time. Duo combines security expertise with a user-centered philosophy to provide simple and effective security solutions for all users today, we will explore why design matters in tech and why we need to build more inclusive environments across the tech community.

Links for Reference: Duo Security, Cisco, Elayna Spratley, w00w00, Allied Media Conference, Brian Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative, Digital Defense Playbook, Project Greenlight, Detroit Community Technology Project, Chamath Palihapitiya, Ben Adida, VotingWorks, Ban the Box, Org Design for Design Orgs

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