Critical Web Design

2018–present
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Critical Web Design students meeting with the Davidson Lands Conservancy

The Social Impact Design (SID) service learning component of my Critical Web Design course guides students towards completing a real project in collaboration with organizations related to "internet" that:

  1. Encourage outdoor activities or preserve natural spaces and the environment (e.g. healthy disconnected alternatives to the web)
  2. Or, advocate for social justice and human rights issues related to technology and the internet, such as data privacy, surveillance, online harassment, and fake news, to name a few.

While researching the mission, audiences, and goals of these organizations students consider cultural issues around technology while learning web application design and development. This combination of research and practice allows students to exercise skills they learn at Davidson in a non-commercial setting, hopefully inspiring future alternatives that promote environment, sustainability, and justice. See below for a sample of our work.


davidsonlands.org redesign

Davidson College DIG 245 Critical Web Design students (fall 2018 and spring 2019) worked with the Davidson Lands Conservancy to redesign their website.

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Davidson Lands Conservancy identity

Davidson College DIG 245 Critical Web Design students (fall 2018) worked with the Davidson Lands Conservancy to redesign their identity.

Support

The Social Impact Design project was developed with support from the Center for Civic Engagement at Davidson College.