Inbar Sharon MA Design Systems Thesis 2022
Queer and Trying to Conceive: Toward a more equitable future
For families that do not fit the normative structure of Mom-Dad-Baby, navigating the conception process from the desire to have children to actual pregnancy can be daunting. (Q)TTC: Toward a more equitable future addresses the myriad interpersonal and systemic challenges that arise for queer couples along the path to biological conception. Specifically focused on couples where both partners were assigned female at birth (AFAB), this thesis seeks to discover opportunities for inclusive design interventions in a space that is organized around the heterosexual. Utilizing the primary lens of Design Systems and incorporating principles of Design Justice, I employ various design methodologies such as participatory research to ground the project in queer voices, experiences, and histories. My goal is to answer the question: How might we reduce the hurdles of trying to conceive (TTC) while queer?