Annie Lefforge is a designer interested in visual beauty and how it functions to make the world a better place. Currently at Handled.


After conducting our five research methods – a survey, personas, scenarios, secondary research and competitive testing of safe spaces on campus – a few things have become clear.

[1] Our research group often viewed hookup culture to be toxic and lacking in safe sex practices. When asked “what does hookup culture mean to you?” people said things like “you look crazy if you catch feelings,” “a slow death of self,” and “men using women for their own pleasure.” While this sentiment doesn’t account for all of the responses, it was something I wasn’t expecting that appeared many times in the survey.

[2] Safer sex is often associated with more candid conversations – not just in sex education, but with partners and friends. One of my favorite responses to “What does a space that promotes safer sex look like to you?” was:

One that enables people to feel open to share their experiences, encourage others in promoting communication and consent, and limiting judgement based on identity, regard towards intimacy, and respect.

Perhaps this manifests as a space people can talk about sex without the confines of an institution. In fact, 85.5% of our survey participants said they had consulted the internet for sex education. What would the intersection between open conversation and an online environment look like?

[3] Many of the safe spaces students on campus currently consult are not available to everyone. Sorority houses, buildings like FNAR and the architecture building – these spaces have a sense of identity that makes them more meaningful. Maybe this is a good thing, or a way we could organize our own safe space.

I’m really excited to dig in on these ideas and start exploring solutions.
OCT 2020