Queer-Sensible Designing

Challenging Normative Gender through an Industrial Design Practice


  • Silas DENZ University of Twente
  • Wouter EGGINK University of Twente




Design Practice, Gender Design, Participatory Design, Queer Theory, Gender Normativity


Conventional design practices regard gender as a given precondition defined by femininity and masculinity. To shift these strategies to include non-heteronormative or queer users, queer theory served as a source of inspiration as well as user sensitive design techniques. As a result, a co-design workshop was developed and executed. Participants supported claims that gender scripts in designed artefacts uphold gender norms. The practice did not specify a definition of a queer design style. However, the co-design practice opened up the design process to non-normative gender scripts by unmasking binary gender dichotomies in industrial design.




How to Cite

DENZ , S. ., & EGGINK , W. (2019). Queer-Sensible Designing: Challenging Normative Gender through an Industrial Design Practice. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, 2(1), 260–274. https://doi.org/10.33114/adim.2019.01.189