From the Archive: The Intersection of Design and Policing

Episode 062 • 47 min

What role does design play in policing?

A police officer and a prisoner stand side by side with contrasting attires.

Illustrated by Sophia Richardson


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In this episode, Sam is joined by Jennifer Rittner, a writer, educator, and Principal at Content Matters. Jennifer was the guest editor of our special edition of Design Museum Magazine, The Policing Issue, which explores how one of the most powerful institutions functions by design. Jennifer shares more on how she chose the contributors for the issue and the role of design in policing. Later on in the show, they are joined by Timothy Bardlavens, a design leader, cultural strategist, and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant and writer. Currently, he is a Product Design Manager at Facebook and he co-founded &Design with Antionette Carroll. In the Policing Issue, Timothy and Jennifer wrote the essay “Designed for Harm: How Products of Policing Enforce Extra-judicial Practices of Control and Submission.” Timothy discusses the products and practices of control and submission and how design can be used for harm. Together, they discuss how to design against harm and rethinking the current framework. 


Weekly Dose of Good Design
Sam Aquillano

Sam Aquillano

Design Museum Everywhere


Jennifer Rittner

Jennifer Rittner

Content Matters

Guest Co-host

Timothy Bardlavens

Timothy Bardlavens