Design Bias


Credit Scores Could Soon Get Even Creepier and More Biased

Credit scores based on AI and non-traditional data such as your social media profile could usher in a whole new way for banks to discriminate.


Medical Textbooks Overwhelmingly Use Pictures of Young White Men

"You shouldn't have a 20-year-old with coronary artery disease."


This User-Friendly Menstrual Cup Is What Happens When Design Is Inclusive

When her old cup kept failing her, Jane Adame, whose connective-tissue condition makes her joints unstable, had to imagine there was a better way.


Mammogram Machines Can Make You ‘Feel Like You’re from Another Planet’ When You’re Disabled

Physical structures and clinic access are only a piece of the cancer screening problem for people with disabilities.


Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong

Nearly every femme-identifying person I know, myself included, has wrestled with tall bar stools, director’s chairs, and the dreaded microphone dance.


‘Accessible’ Fashion Lines Have a Disability Problem

Using the face and body of a disabled person to sell a product designed without their input is precisely the issue.


Pregnant Researchers Often Get No Lab Safety Guidance

I spoke with eight women who had to lean on their own scientific expertise to guide them through one or more pregnancies while working in a laboratory.


Popup Ads Are Terrible, and They're Even Worse for the Blind

Most sites still don’t do popups correctly, because many developers don’t even realize that blind people are using their websites.


Does Crime-Predicting Software Bias Judges? Unfortunately, There’s No Data

Algorithms that help judges decide on sentencing can be biased, but nobody has studied their impact on judges.


The Design Bias of Heart Failure

The lone artificial heart on the market fit 80 percent of men and only 20 percent of women. But the bias here is deeper than that.


Women Are the Invisible Victims of PTSD

Research shows that women are up to twice as likely to develop PTSD, but research, treatments and laws are all designed with the combat veteran in mind.


The Inherent Bias of Facial Recognition

The fact that algorithms can contain latent biases is becoming clearer and clearer. And some people saw this coming.