Thesis — Deconstructing Empathetic Design and its Ramifications

For my senior thesis, I chose to write and make on the topic of empathetic design. Empathetic design, a design trend circa
2015 — 2018, has been the driving force of the popular Design Thinking process.

For some reason — I've always felt uncomfortable by the 'Design Thinking' process, but I couldn't put my feelings to words nor could I point at the specific issue at hand. My thesis hopes to deconstruct this 'empathetic' process and the pervasive issues it continues to spread through workshops and institutions, and frame how a continued disillusion could damage the diversity and ethics of design.

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