Judge Me

May 6-8, 2016
160 Orchard Street
New York, NY

Opening night party Friday, May 6th at 7PM – late.
Opening Party RSVP here.
Open from 10am – 6pm on Saturday + Sunday.

“Judge Me” is a design show about prejudice. We challenged designers to choose a form of discrimination they personally experience and address the bias.

The show features 15 creations by a collective of designers from across the country. The exhibited work ranges from market-ready products to futuristic product concepts. There will be demos at the opening party.

Here is a taste of the exhibit:
– play a game to practice battling sexism in the workplace
– try a wearable device that prevents cat calling
– “Make America Gay Again” with the rebranding of a political campaign
– try on truly “nude” bandages that match every skin color
– touch a new take on the American flag
+ many more product concepts

Check out the list of projects included in “Judge Me”.

The call for submissions has ended!
Download the brief for all dates & details: GROUPHUG-JudgeMe-Brief


Humantones by Spark Corps

Pantone, the international authority on color, recently released a SkinTone™ guide, 110 color swatches that scientifically match the skin tones of virtually every person.

The color swatch of one’s skin does not define them entirely. HumanTones consists of 110 swatches that represent human characteristics that you can’t see on

the surface. How can you codify un-seen characteristics like emotions, personality types, and thoughtfulness?

Spark Corps is a design firm in Atlanta that trains young designers to use design thinking to attack social problems, while developing their business acumen and professional maturity.


Social Fabric by Edmund Boey

They call it a melting pot. The notion is that our forefathers, from all corners of the earth, came to America to find streets paved with opportunities for every man, woman, and child willing to work hard and agree with his neighbor. But our mental image of this country didn’t match – and continues to belie.

The true ethnic, cultural, and social diversity of America can be seen at face value. The “flag” is a cursory quilt composed of different scraps and fabric samples from around the world. Global techniques are likewise employed in the construction – from the Japanese style of sashiko embroidery to the French knot, the different colors and patterns are held together with varying forms of threadwork.

With its multiple textures, pigments, patterns, and finishes, this is more than our textbook American flag.

american dream

The American Dream by Dalal Elsheikh

A prototype of a board game where the goal is to achieve the “American Dream.” Players roll the die to get a dealt race and religion cards. The spaces moved forward are privilege and backwards is oppression/adversity. Rolling Caucasian, Christian would be the highest achievement in this game.

Have a seat and roll the dice!


Make America Gay Again by Richard Morgan

When Donald Trump created his slogan “Make America Great Again”, he probably did not expect an abundant amount of hate speech to be justified through it. The slogan is now associated with numerous acts of racial, anti-lgbt, and mean-spirited violence at campaign rallies aross the nation. I’ve designed a way to combat this hate with love. By merely switching out the word “GREAT” with “GAY”, the slogan loses previously held attributions to hate speech. It also parodies Donald Trump with his now-infamous red hat. To further accentuate the parody, rainbow iridescent vinyl takes the place of the red material. If we allow the rhetoric of crazy and agenda-driven politicians to be taken seriously, then we lose respect for ourselves as a society.

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MEOW by Shane Strassberg, Song Li, and Josh Corn

There is a common prejudice that women “ask for” street harassment based on the way they walk, dress, or behave. Not only is this untrue, we believe the problem originates with men, not women.

M.E.O.W. is the prototype of a wearable device that educates and empowers men to stop catcalling. The device records the last 15 seconds of sound on a loop. When a woman experiences street harassment, she presses a button that logs what was said to her and sends the audio clip to male friends and relatives she has preselected from her contact list in the M.E.O.W. app. Her male friends can listen to the offensive message she just experienced. This puts them in the shoes of their female friend who was just harassed. Then, the next time they (or male friends) go to catcall someone, they remember a specific female friend who was catcalled and stop. They will also be prompted to a website where they can learn more about street harassment and how to be part of the solution.


Colorless Book of Prejudice by Oscar Salguero

On February 6th, 2016 while on vacation in Paris, I was racially profiled and physically mistreated by a group of “cops” disguised as homeless people right outside Barbès – Rochechouart subway station. I was detained and questioned because of my appearance and treated like a criminal without an explanation or apology.

I chose to tell my story with a colorless book. I reenacted the most symbolic scenes from my experience in Paris and photographed it.

Then I 3D printed the photographs as a series of panels. At first glance, the panels appear to be blank. The only way to see what happened to me is to hold these images against a source of light. Detailed layers in the panel are revealed and depict an image. There is more to the panels than meets the eye.   


Cool Dry Hijab by Veil Hijab

Athletic companies have been producing weather performance gear for decades now. Fire fighters and astronauts have specially crafted suits to help them overcome the roughest temperatures and conditions. Technology is shifting rapidly throughout the apparel industry and we believe that the world of modest-wear needs it too. At Veil, we promise to continue to bring innovation to the table and revolutionize the way women wear the hijab and modest clothing. Our vision not only encompasses the need to make modest-wear more comfortable and functional, but to motivate and inspire women around the globe to follow and accomplish whatever goals they dream of.

Our pioneer development, the Cool Dry hijab, is simply the most advanced and unprecedented hijab in the world.


Tru Colour Bandages by Tru Colour

In our diverse society, bandage companies should offer more than just peachy beige (“nude”) or cartoon superheroes.

Why do all bandage companies think we look the same?

Tru-Colour Bandages was created by an adoptive dad who was troubled because 3 of his 5 children were growing up in a world that lacked bandages matching their skin tone. We are bringing bandage equality to the industry.


Nodio by Karen Mackay

NODIO: Redefining what it means to have discriminating taste.

The words we use have an incredible impact on those around us, from molding young minds to causing mental and emotional distress. In a culture where we have a clear problem with the persistent use of “hate speech”, how can we change?

How often do your own prejudices come out behind closed doors?

Imagine a world where individuals are faced with a daily reminder of their offensive language. Similar to health-tracking apps, NODIO is a discrimination tracking system that carefully collects your speech patterns via a wearable, audio recording device. NODIO wristbands also serve as a modern “Scarlet Letter”, turning red for users who continue to use hateful speech. The NODIO mobile app provides a digital mirror for users to honestly face their day-to-day successes or failures through easy to read data summarizing their use of harmful language.