Design and Ethics
Reflections on Practice
Edited by Emma Felton, Oksana Zelenko, Suzi Vaughan
Routledge – 2012 – 256 pages
The value of design for contributing to environmental solutions and a sustainable future is increasingly recognised. It spans many spheres of everyday life, and the ethical dimension of design practice that considers environmental, social and economic sustainability is compelling.
Approaches to design recognise design as a practice that can transform human experience and understanding, expanding its role beyond stylistic enhancement. The traditional roles of design, designer and designed object are therefore redefined through new understanding of the relationship between the material and immaterial aspects of design where the design product and the design process are embodiments of ideas, values and beliefs.
This multi-disciplinary approach considers how to create design which is at once aesthetically pleasing and also ethically considered, with contributions from fields as diverse as architecture, fashion, urban design and philosophy. The authors also address how to teach design based subjects while instilling a desire in the student to develop ethical work practices, both inside and outside the studio.
1. Framing Perspectives on Design and Ethics Oksana Zelenko and Emma Felton 2. Design-Ing Ethics: the Good, the Bad and the Performative Stephen Loo 3. Design, Ethics and Group Myopia Leslie Becker 4. From Allure to Ethics: Design as a ‘Creative Industry’ Justin O’Connor Part 2: Communication Design 5. Hybridity, Hegemony, and Design in a Globalized Economy Karen Fiss 6. Values and Pragmatic Action: The Challenges of Engagement with Technical Communities in Support Of Value-Conscious Design Noëmi Manders-Huits And Michael Zimmer 7. Designing Well: Sustain-Able Interaction Design and Vegetarianism Gavin Sade 8. Design and Ethics in Digital Mental Health Promotion Oksana Zelenko 9. Interaction Design, Mass Communication And The Challenge Of Distributed Expertise John Hartley Part 3: Built Environment 10. Living With Strangers: Urban Space And The Ethics Of Civility Emma Felton 11. The Social Responsibility of Educational Institutions Paul Sanders, Shannon Satherley and Kuniko Shibata 12. Rethinking Practice: Architecture, Ecology and Ethics Marci Webster-Mannison 1 3. Delivering Sustainable Housing: Family Experiences with Professional Ethics in the Design/Construct Supply Chain Wendy Miller And Laurie Buys Part 4: Fashion 14. Fashion, Ethics, Ethos Paula Dunlop 15. Nourishing And Polluting: Redefining the Role of Waste in the Fashion System Alicia Payne Looking Back, Forward And Elsewhere: An Afterword Tony Fry
Emma Felton is Research Fellow in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She has a PhD in cultural geography and an interdisciplinary background in cultural studies and in e-learning teaching leadership in the university sector. She is the recipient of several grants, from learning and teaching to research-based grants in the field of cultural geography.
Oksana Zelenko is a design researcher and academic at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Oksana’s PhD is on Interaction Design and the promotion of mental health and children’s resilience. She has a background in the design of interactive environments for the higher education sector, cross-cultural training, and eHealth applications, including a world first in online visual counselling.
Suzi Vaughan is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Queensland University of Technology. She has experience of teaching and leadership in higher education both in the UK and Australia, and is the recipient of a number of teaching excellence awards in recognition of her work in fashion education and academic leadership