People point. People stare. People take her picture without permission. Standing at three feet five inches, or 105.5 cm, tall, Sinéad Burke puts up with a lot, but the theme of her TED Talk isn’t the cruelty of strangers. Rather, she addresses how design makes seemingly mundane tasks – such as using a public restroom, collecting her order in a coffee shop or making her way to her gate at the airport – become feats of ingenuity and grit. Burke, a writer and educator, appeals to designers to be more considerate of all people when putting creations out into the world.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to view the world from a different angle,
- How design affects people who deviate from physical norms, and
- Why design has the power to impart dignity and foster independence.
About the Speaker
Writer and educator Sinéad Burke is undertaking a PhD in human rights education.