The Feasibility of Design Ethics

reynolds, Jace (2014) The Feasibility of Design Ethics. [Essay or Creative Nonfiction]

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    In the modern atmosphere of Western capitalism, most designers are accustomed to working for paying clients who require first-world solutions to first-world problems. This includes creating corporate logos and identities, making graphical user interfaces for retail sites, and even engineering intuitive office spaces and buildings for large corporations. Outside the frame of first-world design, however, exists a network of “responsible” or “ethical” design solutions aimed at sustainability and humanitarianism. The juxtaposition of these two sides of design brings forth the important question of ethics. Do designers have an obligation to apply their skills to solving the environmental, humanitarian, economic, and educational issues that persist throughout the globe? Or is the status quo of commercial focus acceptable? The majority of literature in this field that I have reviewed points towards the former.

    Item Type: Essay or Creative Nonfiction
    Created by Student or Faculty: Student
    Additional Information: Winner of a Fort Lewis College Writing Award
    Subjects: School of Arts and Sciences > Writing Program
    Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2014 10:08
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 10:08

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