8 Pages


WithPhilippe d’Anjou

Designers without ethical virtue are actually impaired to achieve design goodness and authenticity. The postmodern perspective of the design culture, which promotes an individualistic and subjectivist value system in which nobody has the right to judge anyone, would discard such claim. Postmodernist and relativist ethical views are pervasive in the design culture. Accepting the factuality of ethical objectivity will impact the designer’s choices and practice conduct. It will change the way designers conceive their design concepts and create their related institutions. Ignoring ethical values in design contributes to the weakening of the value of design. A truly responsible design practice has to embed fundamental ethical virtues and commit to the primacy and intrinsic value of human dignity. The designer being conscious of being free and entirely responsible for all choices and actions, and being conscious that their existence, choices, and actions are contingent, can experience an existential “nausea” and what Camus calls the absurd.