Ethics for Designers
Incorporating ethics into the design process
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Normative Design Scheme tool

As a major field of philosophy, ethics has a lot of knowledge to offer. However, it’s quite overwhelming to just dive in. This tool introduces you to the most commonly known theories of normative ethics, the study of ethical action.

Normative Design Scheme

 

As a major field of philosophy, ethics has a lot of knowledge to offer. However, it’s quite overwhelming to just dive in. This tool introduces you to the most commonly known theories of normative ethics, the study of ethical action.

 

Process

  1. Browse through the information on this page. 
  2. Write down your design goal using the format on the template.
  3. Assess your design goal using the three main normative views as described on the template. Keep in mind that there is no absolute answer to these questions. 
  4. Use the specific normative theories to morally improve your design. You can use them as ideation questions.
 

SPECS

Suggested Time
30 - 60 minutes

Materials needed
This template, post-its, pens

Participants
Design team

Process phase
Envisioning, realising, validating