Rethinking Design: Ethics, Sustainability, and New Practice

By Lisa M. Graham.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Design is the conception and planning of images, objects, buildings, spaces, experiences, and systems. Design is not the province of a single profession such as architecture, graphic design, or interior design; instead, the process of design is intertwined with the artifacts and experiences in human culture and society. Designed images, objects, facilities, and systems influence how we as humans live our lives: shaping values, culture, and society. In many different design disciplines practitioners are increasingly aware that the choices made during the design process often have environmental consequences. Given the design process is an activity directed by individuals, designers have the opportunity to rethink the guiding philosophies of design and to develop models of ethical design and sustainable design that minimize or eliminate adverse societal and environmental impacts. Designers can be agents for change. This paper examines the nature and function of design in the face of profound environmental change, and serves as a “call for action” for designers to incorporate ethical and sustainable design principles into their daily practices.

Keywords: Ethics, Sustainable Design, Interdisciplinary, Graphic Design, Architecture, New Practice

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.257-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.267KB).

Lisa M. Graham

Associate Professor, Art and Art History Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA

Lisa M. Graham, MFA, LEED AP, is a graphic designer, writer, and an Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has practiced visual communication for over 20 years, working for a variety of regional, national, and international clients. Her visual work has been shown in more than 52 invitational and juried exhibitions. Her publications include the books Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners 2e in English and Japanese (2005, 2008), Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners (2002), Principles of Interactive Design (1999), and numerous paper presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles on gestalt theory, experience design, sustainable design, environmental typography, and design ethics.

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