Towards a professional ethics for designers and the goods of design

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DATE & TIME
April 28
10:00 - 11:00 CET
DURATION
1 hour
WORKLOAD
1 hour
LANGUAGE
English
PRICE
US $19.99 (excl. VAT)

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DESCRIPTION

Designers occupy a prominent role in how products, services, and environments go from abstract idea to concretion. Given the tremendous influence design has on people's lives, the profession is fraught with ethical dilemmas. Unlike medicine, nursing, or journalism, professional design still lacks widespread principles and normative frameworks for addressing ethical issues.

Granted, institutions and individual designers have formulated codes of design ethics which may be in some cases useful to prompt discussions and reflections. Still, they rarely go beyond generalities, such as emphasising the importance of 'preventing harms' and 'respecting human rights.'

The purpose of this talk is to reflect on the things that can meaningfully guide the design activity by drawing from what justifies and legitimises design itself as a profession. Ariel's central argument will link the design profession to the promotion of others' wellbeing, whereby wellbeing is understood as living a worthwhile and purposeful life. He believes that what should occupy designers now is charting the profession's main matters of concern, its ends, its challenges, its unresolvable disputes, and its conflicts of value. Let's explore how professional ethics can help us mind the consequences of our work in a better, sustainable way!

OUTCOMES

  • Understand the ethical relevance of design as a practice
  • Grasp the ethical entailments of being a professional
  • Learn about the ethical aspects of design's contribution to the world
  • See one's profession as a way of self-enactment
  • Realise that ethics is more of an exploration into reasons than blindly following rules

FORMAT

The talk will happen live via Zoom.

STUDY POINTS

This talk is worth 1 SDC study point.

KEYWORDS

Ethics, strategic design, social design, design thinking

360° SERIES

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ABILITY 03 - Mind the consequences
LEVEL - EXPLORE

360° SERIES

SDC_illustration_360_degrees_series_explore_ability03_lightblue

ABILITY 03 - Mind the consequences
LEVEL - EXPLORE

DATE & TIME
April 28, 10:00 - 11:00 CET
WORKLOAD
1 hour
PRICE
US $19.99 (excl. VAT)
DURATION
1 hour
LANGUAGE
English

If you are not yet a member of our online campus, this link will take you to the registration page. Membership is free but required to sign up for activities.

Meet the speaker

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Ariel Guersenzvaig (Argentina) is a professor of design at ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. His current research focuses on the ethical impact of machine intelligence on society, especially in medical applications, autonomous weapons and algorithmic justice.

Ariel combines his academic work with professional activities in the fields of user experience design and service design. He holds a PhD in Design Theory from the University of Southampton, an MA in Ethics from the University of Birmingham, and a BA in Publishing from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Before becoming a full-time academic, he worked for the industry for 20 years. He is the author of "The Goods of Design: a Professional Ethics for Designers" (April 2021). He has published in technical and academic journals such as AI & Society, ACM Interactions, SDN Touchpoints, and IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.

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