Design Feeling

Neurodiversity is great for design and for business with Matthew Bellringer

#019 - We are all neurodiverse but we’re encouraged to leave our neurodiversities at the door just so we can “fit in”. However, neurodivergent designers can bring in a lot of lived experiences helpful for innovation, especially when designing for neurodivergent users. In this episode, I chat with Matthew Bellringer, creative innovation consultant, neurodiversity advocate and social entrepreneur. Matthew was diagnosed with ADHD when we was 39 and autism at 42. For Matthew, increasing neurodiversity in organisations is not just a morally right thing to do but also a competitive advantage. 

In this episode:

  • Neurodivergence in design
  • Recognising neurodivergence within yourself
  • Filling in the neurodiversity gap and why that's important for innovation
  • Fitting in or fitting out: what can you do as a neurodivergent designer?
  • Who's responsible for nurturing neurodiversity in organisations?
  • Don't create safe spaces, create safe-enough spaces
  • and much more!


Join Nirish Shakya and Matthew Bellringer LIVE on Delightful Dissent on Thursday 20th October 1pm UK time a no-cost, no-strings 30 minute advice call with Matthew if you’re exploring your own neurodivergence

Matthew Bellringer on LinkedIn

Matthew’s website

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If you’re in tech, consider joining or partnering with NeurodiverseIT, a group for neurodivergent IT professionals, part of BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT

Show credits

Illustrations by Isa Vicente

Music by Brad Porter

Episode edited by Niall Mackay

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