Like every other human being on the planet we share, designers are part of the social contract. By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to affect the people who come in contact with your work. Learn how to tell if your work will hurt or help those people and how to measure social impact alongside shareholder value.
You’re responsible for what you put into the world. Every choice you make, whether working for yourself or working for someone else, needs to take that into consideration. This workshop will teach you the basic principles of working ethically. We’ll go over how to measure social impact as a key metric, how to tell if you’re designing something dangerous, and how to tell the people who hired you they’re designing something dangerous. The effect of what you put into the world needs to be a consideration in your work.
This workshop is highly interactive and conversational, proceeding through a series of challenging questions and dialogues—as Socrates intended. We review ten basic tenets of working ethically and confront the realities of putting them into practice, including the distractions and temptations every designer faces.
About Mike Monteiro
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design. He prefers that designers have strong spines and writes & speaks frequently about the craft, ethics, and business of design.
Mike loves design so much he wrote two books on the topic, Design is a Job and You’re My Favourite Client, both from A Book Apart. Mike received the 2014 Net award for Conference Talk of the Year for his inspirational polemic on responsibility, “How Designers Destroyed the World.”