Professor Laura Forlano guest post on Savage Minds is part of a series featuring interviews with designers including Kat Jungnickel, Silvia Lindner, Anne Galloway, Nicholas Nova, and Silvia Lindner reflecting on anthropology and design.

Laura describes design as a field in which all of her identities as a scholar, activist, and maker can coexist and are in fact necessary to combine a reflective and critical social science perspective when looking at our world. The relationship of anthropology and design is examined through human-centered design–not about aesthetic qualities, but an ability to serve user needs.

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