Value Sensitive Design Lab – University of Washington

Organization launched in 1999 that brings together faculty, students, and stakeholders in Washington state and beyond to design and develop new technologies that help support important human values. The lab contributes theory and methods for shaping technology in ways beneficial for people’s lives.

Co-directed by Batya Friedman and David Hendry of the Information School, the Value Sensitive Design Lab is a group of VSD researchers and designers at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a community, we engage in conversation related to technology and human flourishing. As designers and technologists, we pursue projects that bring value sensitive thinking to emerging technologies. We research and design to contribute to the scholarly work on value sensitive design. We are designers and researchers, thinkers and doers. We design toolkits and methods. We work on theory and practice. Throughout, we engage human values in the design of tools and technology to support human flourishing. Our lab is a gathering place—we welcome conversation and dialog, questions and new ideas.

Pioneered in the 1990s, value sensitive design seeks to provide theory and method to account for human values in a principled and systematic manner throughout the design process. Central to this approach is engaging our moral and technical imaginations.

Theoretical Constructs

  • Tools And Technology
  • Human Values
  • Interactional Stance
  • The Tripartite Methodology
  • Stakeholders
  • Value Tensions
  • Co-Evolving Technology And Social Structure
  • Multi-Lifespan Design
  • Progress, Not Perfection