Lumping and splitting; us and them: How not to be evil with categories

Lumping and splitting; us and them: How not to be evil with categories

As embodied humans we spend an incredible amount of brain power categorising everything we come into contact with - it's our way of dealing with huge amounts of detail.

As designers, we take this into our work - using categories to make shortcuts and help get our users to the thing they need.

This talk is about how categories really work and the consequences of using them:
- How we think categories work is quite different to how they actually work in our brains
- The consequences of grouping (lumping) and separating (splitting) people for design and policy can be unforeseen, dangerous and evil

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Donna Spencer

August 13, 2017
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