Use an Ethical Framework2:15 with Hope Armstrong
Let's look at "A Designer's Code of Ethics" by Mike Monteiro.
0:00 HOPE: Ethical design requires an ongoing commitment. 0:05 For that reason, it helps to have a framework. 0:08 I imagine ethics as three concentric circles. 0:11 The largest one is humanity ethics and 0:15 encompasses the basic human needs of safety, privacy and freedom. 0:18 You can think of the golden rule, 0:24 which is the principle of treating others how they want to be treated. 0:26 The next one is industry ethics. 0:30 For us, those are the best practices for designers, developers, 0:33 product owners, and so on. 0:37 Then, in the middle, is personal ethics. 0:40 Perhaps you're spiritual or follow a religion. 0:43 Maybe you're like me and identify as an environmentalist and 0:47 animal rights advocate. 0:50 You may refuse to work for specific companies. 0:53 Or refuse to do certain tasks that don't align with your values. 0:55 Let's delve into industry ethics, as it is most relevant to this course. 1:01 Mike Monteiro is the author of the book Ruined by Design. 1:05 I highly recommend checking it out, it's all about ethical design. 1:10 Let's look at his proposal for a designer's code of ethics. 1:16 A designer is first and foremost a human being. 1:20 A designer is responsible for the work they put into the world. 1:23 A designer values impact over form. 1:28 A designer owes the people who hire them not just their labor, but their counsel. 1:32 A designer welcomes criticism. 1:38 A designer strives to know their audience. 1:41 A designer does not believe in edge cases. 1:44 A designer is part of a professional community. 1:49 A designer welcomes a diverse and competitive field. 1:52 A designer takes time for self reflection. 1:56 Monteiro advocates for 2:00 asking questions to uncover the impact one's work will have on others. 2:01 He says we are the gatekeepers and 2:06 we need to be in the habit of standing up for what's right. 2:08 In the next step, I'll share more ethical frameworks for you to explore. 2:11
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