Blog 8 — Brainstorming Possibilities for a Design Response

Poppy Rodrigues


Outlining the following enabled me to identify a particular problem within the issue of refugees & asylum seekers that as a designer, I can attempt to address in the next following weeks to assist in developing my design response.

Who does the problem effect?

The first people we think of are the refugees & asylum seekers as this effects them directly. It then effects our neighbouring countries in which we have agreements with to facilitate the detention centres where most of those seeking asylum are relocated. It affects those involved such as NGO’s, volunteers & doctors/teachers who are apart of the detention centres and also effects members of society who are concerned for the wellbeing and ethical nature of the situation. Those who care but have no voice or can demonstrate no action for change.

What are the boundaries of the problem?

Quite clearly after creating so many maps its evident that the boundaries rely on the many stakeholders involved in the issue. It’s a huge organisational issue that can’t be solved lightly. Due to the main stakeholders being in power and wealth (government and the media) means that the public is given selected information. This is spreading a lack of awareness to the extent of the issue and is also developing fear into an ethical solution to the situation. If we stop highlighting the negatives and focus more on how we could benefit from refugees integrating into our society and the positive aspects it would bring then maybe things would start to change. I think if the situation isn’t solved and keeps heading in the direction we’re taking it in then we are going to see a rise in negative, racist, paranoid and uneducated Australians.

When does the problem occur? When does it need to be fixed? 

The problem is occurring right now and has done so for some time. I believe it is more prominent than ever at this time due to the war and fighting happening abroad. Those fleeing are in need and Australia is pretty much refusing its help. We need to take steps of action that help these people and create a more efficient way in doing so.

Why is it important that the problem is fixed? What impact does it have on all stakeholders?   

It is important that the problem is fixed, one so that we can end the racist, bigotry comments and mindsets of some Australians and most importantly, help the women and children and their families start a better life and have access to some of the opportunities me and many others have been able to have in this country. I don’t know the extent of impact it would have on all stakeholders but I know there would be some repercussions if the laws were to be changed, as would anything this large of an issue though. It would also mean that other countries wouldn’t look at us in a negative and refusing way anymore and it would show that we are welcoming and wanting to assist in helping this global issue.


Five Point Summary Identifying the Design Response 

  1. Developing a generative system which outlines the fears & risks which Australian’s identify with refugees.
  2. Establish visual data which displays an array of opinions in regard to how we would benefit as a country if the laws were to change and accept larger numbers of refugees.
  3. Looking at the chain reaction effect that negative opinions have and if this continues, where our country will end up and what the people will end up like.
  4. Create a service design that trials ways of educating people, this could be implemented in schools and communities to make people more aware of the issue.
  5. Researching further into the major and minor stakeholders and breaking down their rules, requirements and why their at the current opinion.


Problem Statement 

Identifying the reason that Australian’s ‘fear’ muslims and are against the idea of allowing asylum seekers into the country. From this somehow adapt a generative system which uses people with these mindsets and refugees, particularly those of muslim decent already living in Australia to create either an indirect or direct connection which educates those with negative outlooks and aims to show how the integration would be of benefit to Australia.