POST 8: Brainstorming possibilities for a design response

Josh Parker


Initially I was still confused as to which specific direction I was interested in taking as I had done research on a range of areas within LGBTIQ including transgender identity and the Safe Schools program. However I undertook this brainstorming session focussing on the Safe Schools Program. I brainstormed the program focussing on what is working well for the program including the differences being made in the community as well as some of the arguments against the program by church groups about what exactly is being taught.

Possibilities identified by the group in the brainstorming session:

  1. Visualise the number of schools where the program is working successfully, using infographics to highlight the number of people who are benefiting from the program noting the different age groups of those identifying as LGBTIQ.
  2. A play or show (at schools or in communities) which highlights the ‘normal’ lives of LGBTIQ people and the discrimination which exists, played by LGBTIQ and non-LGBTIQ students.
  3. Utilising the school environment to visualise the issues associated with LGBTIQ people, rights and discrimination or to use the school environment to visually create a solution to providing equally e.g.: transgender bathrooms.
  4. To highlight the issues caused by bullying in schools, there is the potential to create an alarm app used to ask for help when someone is getting bullied.
  5. The final possibility which arose was the visualisation of the ‘spectrum of sexual identity’. The spectrum of sexual identity addresses and opposes the idea of the binary and that everyone sits somewhere different on this spectrum, not always 100% homosexual, 100% heterosexual, everyone is different.

From these five, I have begun proposing a design for option 2. I would like to use data visualisation to highlight statistics and data from the LGBTIQ community around schools and communities. In deciding this, there has been a cross over into service design in that there is potential to design a service moment or a means of change through interaction or something similar particularly in the education of LGBTIQ matters.

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