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Examining the Professional Codes of Design Organisations

Buwert, Peter

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Cristiano Storni
Editor

Keelin Leahy
Editor

Muireann McMahon
Editor

Peter Lloyd
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Erik Bohemia
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Abstract

Many of the professional organisations within the various fields of design activity publish professional codes of ethics in one form or another. This paper opens up a discussion of the role which professional codes might play in relation to the ethicality of design activity. A framework for understanding the roles and functions which professional codes may play is constructed using concepts drawn from the literature on professional codes. The content of fourteen professional codes issued by design organisations is presented and examined. There does appear to be a broad consensus across the content of the codes examined. However, the matter of whether this consensus reflects a profession-wide convention is debatable. The paper concludes with a discussion presenting possible critiques of the nature and operation of professional codes within the context of design, and reflecting on some of the implications of this analysis for how we might reasonably think about the relationship between professional codes and bigger questions of the ethicality of design.

Citation

Buwert, P. (2018). Examining the Professional Codes of Design Organisations. In C. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, & E. Bohemia (Eds.), Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018: Catalyst (172-186). https://doi.org/10.21606/dma.2018.493

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Design Research Society 2018: Catalyst
Start Date Jun 25, 2018
End Date Jun 28, 2018
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 25, 2018
Publication Date Jun 25, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 13, 2018
Volume 1
Pages 172-186
Series ISSN 2398-3132
Book Title Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018: Catalyst
DOI https://doi.org/10.21606/dma.2018.493
Keywords design organisations; ethics; professional codes; professional ethics
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1076625
Contract Date Mar 5, 2018

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