June 10 / 47 min

Bonus Episode: Designing for Diversity: Project Inkblot’s Jahan Mantin and Boyuan Gao

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Jahan Mantin and Boyuan Gao

Jahan Mantin and Boyuan Gao

Founders, Project Inkblot
About The Episode

In today’s episode, we talk with Boyuan Gao and Jahan Mantin—the founders of Project Inkblot—who have built a practical framework that can help everyone design for diversity, and can also be a guide for challenging conversations.

We discuss how they see design as an opportunity to bridge the divide and bring people into the conversation about designing products and services that address everyone’s needs, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. We also talk to them about their definition of intent vs. impact, and how to close the loop on making sure your impact is what you intended.

We hope you can use some of their ideas as a way to open the door to difficult conversations, and better understand your colleagues and customers.


  • Understand why the impact of a product can vary greatly from its intent.
  • How design can act as an invitation to participate in difficult conversations.
  • Learn about Project Inkblot’s D4D framework to start building more equitable products, services, and content.


Jahan Mantin and Boyuan Gao are co-founders of Project Inkblot, a team of designers and futurists who partner with companies to build equitable products, services, and content using Design for Diversity™(D4D). D4D is a framework that illuminates blind spots around cultural and racial biases within your design, ideation, and creative processes in order to create better work.

Meet Your Hosts

Aarron Walter
VP of Design Education

As the VP of Design Education at InVision, Aarron Walter draws upon 15 years of experience running product teams and teaching design to help companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped grow the product from a few thousand users to more than 10 million.

He is the author of the best selling book Designing for Emotion from A Book Apart. You’ll find Aarron on Twitter and Medium sharing thoughts on design. Learn more at http://aarronwalter.com.

Eli Woolery
Director of Design Education

Eli is the Director of Design Education at InVision. His design career spans both physical and digital products, and he has worked with companies ranging from startups (his own and others) to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his background in product and industrial design, he has been a professional photographer and filmmaker. He teaches the senior capstone class Implementation to undergraduate Product Designers at Stanford University. You can find Eli on Twitter and Medium.

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