By going beyond simply welcoming all flavors to appreciating them in their intended form.
RESEARCH, BRAND INNOVATION, STRATEGY, VISUAL DESIGN, 3D RENDERING, UX/UI, PRODUCT DESIGN
I helped my team concept/ideate, I designed and rendered 3D models, helped design and test the UX/UI experience of the digital product extension, I helped develop a narrative that brought our concept to life—showcasing how the activation would exist in the world.
How would DoorDash push for racial progress and do a better job of celebrating other cultures?
This team project was a 4-day sprint completed in my 4th semester of grad school for a live client. Our solution was inspired by my team's diverse backgrounds and cultures, and experiences. We were driven by our passion for social justice and creating actionable change.
Americans have gotten accustomed to a narrow, singular vision of minority cultures.
In 2019, there was a 314% increase in “Mexican” cuisine compared to 2018. Burrito bowls, nachos, and shrimp tacos were some of the top 10 dishes ordered. Yet, this didn’t include things like Chilaquiles, Pozole, and Ceviche.
How do we get someone to crave something they don’t know exists?
The intricacies and intentions that make minority cultures and cuisines beautiful and rich have been white-washed away for the sake of comfort.
The complexities of cultures are erased by what’s familiar. Americans have a reputation for making certain aspects of other cultures “chic” or “trendy” while leaving other aspects they perceive as “less savory” out. This phenomenon in the food world is called: CULINARY IMPERIALISM.
Americans have long lived within the status quo and are not quick to leave what is familar.
As humans, we gravitate towards comfort. Yet, progress and understanding start outside our “comfort zone”.
Often, we stick to what we know and order on AUTO-PIOLT. 96% of people admit to making most of their decisions on autopilot. However, these comfort zones aren’t always inclusive.