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Design and ethics: How is it more than the sum of its parts?
Thursday, 30/June/2022:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Twente
Session Chair: Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Royal College of Art
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar, Ground floor

Main venue, Ground floor

Chair: Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University
Chair: Christine Schwobel-Patel, University of Warwick

This Conversation will be hosted in-person and accessible online.

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Design + ethics: How is it more than the sum of its parts?

Deger Ozkaramanli1, Michael Nagenborg1, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar2, Sanna Lehtinen3, Christine Schwobel-Patel4, Laura Ferrarello2

1University of Twente, Netherlands, The; 2Royal College of Art; 3Aalto University; 4University of Warwick

The discussion of ethics in design has so far relied on theories and approaches from other disciplines. We argue that design can benefit from an explicit discussion on the ethics of its methods and practices that arises from within the discipline. This Conversation aimed at stimulating this discussion. Around 25 people attended in person, in addition to the online participants. We asked our audience about the main approaches they use for ethical inquiry¬ and discussed the opportunities and challenges of applying these. We found out that ethics may best be framed as an invitation to care, without reducing it to a checklist, toolkit or an afterthought that can be added onto the design process. Although the situated nature of ethical issues calls for a plurality of approaches, we foresee boundaries to pluralism that acknowledge historical legacies of violence. Hence, we see a role for design to willingly engage with problematising (vs. problem-solving) when addressing societal issues, with a view towards structural injustices.

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