Design Network – FDSC
The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) at Ryerson University draws on creative fashion mediums to collect, extend, analyze and share research to fuel diversity & social change.
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Design Network

The FCAD Design Network promotes a critically-informed research agenda that fosters the integration of design tools, methods and knowledges to advance humanities, social sciences and creative research.

June 2017: Design Network Workshop

Researchers, creatives, and practitioners from across disciplines whose work addresses systemic societal challenges are invited to take part in a one-day discussion and participatory workshop to examine how design principles and methodologies can support humanities, social sciences and creative research.



FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies
FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change

Research Team

Ben Barry, Chad Story, Michel Ghanem, Alexa Jovanovic, photography by Alia Youssef


Dec. 7th, 2017: Design Network Roundtable

The event explored how you to enhance and extend research on social change in the social sciences and humanities through design methods and approaches.

The event featured a keynote presentation by Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture at the University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum, talks on Inclusive Design, Indigenous Design Traditions and Design Fiction, workshops on Co-Creation and Prototyping design methods, and a roundtable on design methods in social sciences and humanities research.


FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change

Research Team

Chad Story, Research Lead, York University PhD Candidate
As a designer, researcher and scholar, Chad examines the taken-for-granted political qualities of designed objects. His current doctoral research explores how political agendas are advanced when design practice is taken up in democratic contexts, such as the Canadian public service.



Alexa Jovanovic, Graphic Designer
In addition to her graphic design work for the FCAD Design Network and Fashion Studies, Alexa works closely with blind individuals in a co-design process to identify current unmet needs within a fashion context.


+ Ben Barry, Michel Ghanem