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Afrofuturism, Inclusion, and the Design Imagination

by Woodrow W. Winchester

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The excitement associated with the recent release (February 2018) of the Marvel film Black Panther has been infectious. Provocative and visceral, the trailers and associated imagery and commentary have been inspiring to me both as a black science fiction fan and, in particular, as a human-centered design (HCD) educator and researcher. Black Panther‘s Afrofuturistic imagining of a technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, free from Western involvement, catalyzes streams of new thoughts about how Afrofuturism connects with HCD, envisioning the inclusive technological innovation needed to address — more equitably — the grand engineering challenges of the 21st century.

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