Ethics in Design… what are they?

This week we had a lecture on ethics, and how as designers we need to think when we are working as a team, for a client or just in everyday life.

What are ethics? – Ethic – A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct. (Ethic definition – Oxford Dictionary (2018)

Why do we have ethics? – Ethics are in place to ensure that we approach a situation or question correctly, however, the word ethic can stretch over many different areas of interest such as researching, materials, people, product testing and so on… Being an ethical designer makes an impact not only in yourself but in the lives of the users.

In the lecture, we were set a task of completing fake ethics sheets given to us in order for us to understand what ethics are.

This image is taken from part of ethics sheet given in the lecture. (Milenkovic.A. 2018)
Image of group discussion over ethics sheets. (Milenkovic.A. 2018)

Being ethical is about being honest, objective, integral, open, respectful of property, confidential, a responsible publisher, a responsible mentor, respecting colleagues, socially responsible, non-discrimination, competent, legal, protecting human subject and animals. (“What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important?”, 2015)



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