Design Against Crime: A Human-Centred Approach to Designing for Safety and Security, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Design Against Crime

A Human-Centred Approach to Designing for Safety and Security, 1st Edition

By Caroline L. Davey, Andrew B. Wootton


154 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Design Against Crime will aid the design profession to meet the challenges presented by the competing needs and complex systems around crime and security. It proposes that designers should use their creative talents to develop innovative solutions to security problems that contribute to the ongoing fight against crime. 

The authors first explain the design against crime approach to security and security. They go on to provide practical advice on addressing crime and insecurity within the design process and offer practical examples of design being applied to security and safety. They also examine crime victimisation from a global perspective, highlighting the benefits worldwide of reducing opportunities for crime, including issues of national security, such as terrorism and natural disasters.  

A design-led, human-centred approach provides a way forward that is both aspirational and practical. The book is aimed primarily at design professionals, educators and students interested in safety and security, from all design disciplines, including product design, architecture, service design and communication design. The book should also be read by crime prevention experts, planners, local authorities, managers of urban environments and policymakers.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Design Against Crime Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. User as Victim: The dark side of design Chapter 3. What is Design Against Crime? Part 2: Addressing crime prevention within the design process Chapter 4. Safety and security: The human perspective Chapter 5. Integrating crime prevention within design development Chapter 6. Concept generation & design: an offender-focused perspective Part 3: Using design to address crime and security issues Chapter 7. Crime prevention policy Chapter 8. Crime prevention in European urban design and planning Chapter 9. The scope of Design Against Crime delivery Part 4: Applications and futures Chapter 10. Crime victimisation: A global perspective Chapter 11. The future

About the Authors

Dr Caroline L. Davey and Andrew B. Wootton are founders and Co-Directors of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre at the University of Salford, UK.

Caroline is a qualified Organisational Psychologist and Reader in Design, Innovation & Society in the School of Arts and Media.

Andrew is an Industrial Designer and is Senior Research Fellow in Human-Centred Design in the School of Arts and Media.

About the Series

Design for Social Responsibility

Social responsibility, in various disguises, has been a recurring theme in design for many years. Since the 1960s several more or less commercial approaches have evolved. In the 1970s designers were encouraged to abandon 'design for profit' in favour of a more compassionate approach inspired by Papanek. In the 1980s and 1990s profit and ethical issues were no longer considered mutually exclusive and more market-oriented concepts emerged, such as the 'green consumer' and ethical investment. The purchase of socially responsible, 'ethical' products and services has been stimulated by the dissemination of research into sustainability issues in consumer publications. Accessibility and inclusivity have also attracted a great deal of design interest and recently designers have turned to solving social and crime-related problems. Organisations supporting and funding such projects have recently included the NHS (research into design for patient safety); the Home Office has (design against crime); Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (design decision-making for urban sustainability). Businesses are encouraged (and increasingly forced by legislation) to set their own socially responsible agendas that depend on design to be realised. Design decisions all have environmental, social and ethical impacts, so there is a pressing need to provide guidelines for designers and design students within an overarching framework that takes a holistic approach to socially responsible design. This edited series of guides is aimed at students of design, product development, architecture and marketing, and design and management professionals working in the sectors covered by each title. Each volume includes: ¢ The background and history of the topic, its significance in social and commercial contexts and trends in the field. ¢ Exemplar design case studies. ¢ Guidelines for the designer and advice on tools, techniques and resources available.

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