Moseley, Ashton M


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Ashton Moseley is a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg. She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well post-graduate supervision of Honours and Masters students. Ashton obtained her Master’s degree in Design at UJ where her study focused on the design of appropriate paediatric medical devices in the South African context. Over the past two years she has been involved in two international research initiatives (Unequal Stories and World Design Organisation's Young Designer's Circle) contributing to the discourse of diversity and equity across creative disciplines within Higher Education and Industry.

Ashton Moseley

Critical design futures: Challenging the gender data gap through pedagogy



Design Education Strategy

As we enter the era of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) faced with potential ethical and security risks, ensuring sustainable and inclusive innovation within the design industries will be essential. However, this proves unlikely when the design industry itself has inherent biases and inequalities.

‘The Pretty Stuff’: Gender bias and the future of design knowledge in the South African industrial design context



Product & Industrial Design

In the era of the fourth industrial revolution that proposes an increasingly automated future, designers need not lose focus on the discipline’s important role in social design and innovation. Such an undertaking becomes difficult when the discipline of design itself has inbuilt biases and inequalities. Gender bias is one such prejudice that design educators and researchers need to become more aware of and engage with, not only to prepare our students for the workplace but also to begin to change the patriarchal dominance of the design industry and hence the equity of the discipline itself.

DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers. Our next conference is a hybrid event. See above for details.

Critical skills endorsement

Professional Members in good standing can receive a certificate of membership, but DEFSA cannot provide confirmation or endorsement of skills whatsoever. DEFSA only confirm membership of DEFSA which is a NPO for Design Education in South Africa (