Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


Posts about reddit
September 10th, 2014
August 17th, 2014
…why are gay and lesbian people not allowed to express traits that confirm a stereotype about them? I’m a straight, Asian American girl, currently wearing a baby blue sundress and sitting next to a fracking Hello Kitty fleece throw. I don’t come off like this on Reddit, but in person I’m giggly, cheerful, social, sensitive, and nurturing. I’m the stereotype to a T but not many people out there will complain to you that I’m “too straight” and it makes them feel uncomfortable. Why do I get away with this, but gay and lesbian people do not? Someone made a comment in this thread that they don’t like people making their “entire personalities about being gay”. I’d argue that we straight people do it all the time.

…I used to say to myself “You know, I just don’t like flamboyancy in general. It has nothing to do with gay people.” But the thing is, I had to be honest to myself… *I* am flamboyant. I’m flamboyant every time I giggle wearing high heels and a full face of makeup. And I really think the reason I’m okay with this is because I was socialized into thinking that flamboyancy is okay for ME, but not for other people.

hello_gritty on gay stereotypes. Well worth reading the whole comment.

June 19th, 2014
Cooking is not for people who simply “want to cook” - you can do that on your own. Cooking is something for people who have mental problems, social problems, legal troubles, or any combination of the aforementioned. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, we’ve got a spot for you. If you’re a perfectionist who hates people? Come on in. If you despise bullshit that exists in most other working environments, give it a try. If you just like cooking, then think long and hard - it’s secondary to many other things that make a good cook, well, good.

cool_hand_luke, responding to I’ve always wanted to cook, but…, on Reddit.

May 21st, 2014
[White Americans are] educated around this “be colorblind!” thing where you just assume everyone is white, and if they don’t act like it, they’re the ones exempting themselves from the norm and so its their fault. They learned “everyone is different and it’s okay to see/acknowledge race, it shouldn’t be hard to offer respect to people regardless” too late.

flowerflowerflowers’s comment on the Reddit thread “Racist, Sexist Comments on Imgur About Asians: What’s up with all the racist/sexist comments on imgur everytime there’s an Asian?”.

I post this because it rings true to me. I grew up in a town in Nebraska that was about 4994/5000 white. There were few opportunities to interact with other races, but that translated into few opportunities to be actively racist. Other than idolizing black rappers, which we all did, we had no idea of the subtle social differences that I have spent the rest of my life awkwardly bumping up against.

October 25th, 2012
As more of our life migrates online, the digital domains where we spend so much time may be as influential and important as the towns where we choose to go to school, find jobs and raise our families. The gap between who we are online and who we are offline is closing, said Katie Baker, a writer for Jezebel, who has been covering the skirmishes around Reddit. “It is increasingly clear-cut that we can no longer think that way,” she said.
October 16th, 2012

Under Reddit logic, outing Violentacrez is worse than anonymously posting creepshots of innocent women, because doing so would undermine Reddit’s role as a safe place for people to anonymously post creepshots of innocent women.

I am OK with that.