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Design anthropologist Dori Tunstall on decolonizing design

By Public Affairs

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Dori Tunstall smiling portrait

Dori Tunstall is dean of design at Ontario College of Art and Design University. (Photo by Samuel Engelking)

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture and design. As dean of design at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Canada, she is the first Black woman dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative, focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

Tunstall’s talk, given on Jan. 25, 2019, is part of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation’s design conversations.

Each semester, the institute invites a distinguished group of designers and thinkers to speak as part of Jacobs Design Conversations, Design Field Notes and its other public programs. This semester, these programs engage questions of inclusion, accessibility and justice under the title, For Whom? By Whom?: Designs for Belonging.

Read a Q&A with Tunstall and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation’s Robert Kett.

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