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What is a designer’s Social Responsibility?

An interesting but important question via Yanko Design.

Designer’s design. And we do so with an extreme focus on the user’s minutest concern, our aim being to give the user’s an unparalleled user experience. We design a solution to cater to the individual’s every need. While we focus on the micro concerns, do we pause and think of the macro concerns? Designing is creating and with creation comes responsibility. To help understand and walk us through this thought-provoking concern, the article below by Faruk Ateş (Product Designer, writer, and developer) explains the impact of design and the reason why we need to always consider the bigger picture while solving the individual concerns.

What a product does to people psychologically, or how it has the power to transform our society, is hard to measure but increasingly important. Good products improve how people accomplish tasks; great products improve how society operates. If we don’t practice a more sustainable form of product design, we risk harmful side effects to people and society that could have been avoided.

Read more of this article and check out the original writeup by Faruk Ates.


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