Systems Thinking & Changemaking Information Design Capstone

As information designers, we continuously strive to ask the right questions in order to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying factors that contribute to a problem.

What is Humanly?

For the last three years the senior Information Design students have chosen one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development goals and applied it to a local problem faced by Calgarians or Albertans. The problem is approached by the student in the form of a “How Might We…” question, using human-centered design to attempt to solve or address the problem.


Taking On Big Problems With Human-Centered Design

Through subject matter expert interviews, literature review, fieldwork and other research methods, each student has investigated the local manifestation of one of these problems to develop a deeper understanding of the complex and overlapping systems they are borne out of. To visualize the complexities of their challenge in an understandable and empowering way, students have synthesized and organized their insights of the systems, structures and mental models their challenge exists in.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

From the UN, "The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice"

Click on a goal to view the corresponding Humanly 2019 projects!

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2019 Humanly Team

Our students are tenacious problem seekers and solvers, who care deeply about making a positive impact on the world around them. Information designers have a unique capacity and responsibility to make the complex clear and accessible for people, enabling understanding, empathy and action. Our hope is that these projects can be a catalyst for changemaking.