The value of design for contributing to environmental solutions and a sustainable future is increasingly recognised. It spans many spheres of everyday life, and the ethical dimension of design practice that considers environmental, social and economic sustainability is compelling.

Approaches to design recognise design as a practice that can transform human experience and understanding, expanding its role beyond stylistic enhancement. The traditional roles of design, designer and designed object are therefore redefined through new understanding of the relationship between the material and immaterial aspects of design where the design product and the design process are embodiments of ideas, values and beliefs.

This multi-disciplinary approach considers how to create design which is at once aesthetically pleasing and also ethically considered, with contributions from fields as diverse as architecture, fashion, urban design and philosophy. The authors also address how to teach design based subjects while instilling a desire in the student to develop ethical work practices, both inside and outside the studio.

part |42 pages

Perspectives on design and ethics

chapter |7 pages

Framing Design and Ethics

ByOksana Zelenko, Emma Felton

chapter |10 pages

Design-ing Ethics

The good, the bad and the performative
ByStephen Loo

chapter |13 pages

Design, Ethics and Group Myopia

ByLeslie F. Becker

chapter |10 pages

From Allure to Ethics

Design as a ‘creative industry'
ByJustin O'Connor

part |83 pages

Communication design

chapter |12 pages

Hybridity, Hegemony and Design in a Globalized Economy

ByKaren Fiss

chapter |17 pages

Values and Pragmatic Action

The challenges of engagement with technical communities in support of value-conscious design1
ByNoëmi Manders-Huits, Michael Zimmer

chapter |23 pages

Designing Well

Sustain-able Interaction Design and vegetarianism
ByGavin Sade

chapter |14 pages

Design and Ethics in Digital Mental Health Promotion

ByOksana Zelenko

part |64 pages

Built environment

chapter |14 pages

Living with Strangers

Urban space, affect and civility
ByEmma Felton

chapter |16 pages

Built Environment, Design and Ethics

The social responsibility of educational institutions
ByPaul Sanders, Shannon Satherley, Kuniko Shibata

chapter |17 pages

Rethinking Practice

Architecture, ecology and ethics
ByMarci Webster-Mannison

chapter |15 pages

Sustainable Housing

Family experiences with supply chain ethics
ByWendy Miller, Laurie Buys

part |22 pages


chapter |11 pages

Fashion, Ethics, Ethos

ByPaula Dunlop

chapter |9 pages

Nourishing or Polluting

Redefining the role of waste in the fashion system
ByAlice Payne

part |13 pages


chapter |11 pages

Looking Back, Forward and Elsewhere

An afterword
ByTony Fry