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How to Design Ethically: Expert Advice from Guthrie Weinschenk

As UX designers, we wield immense power to influence our users’ lives. We have the dual responsibility of catering to the interests of our users, as well as that of our sponsors (employers, clients and other business stakeholders). This can sometimes put designers in uncomfortable situations and raise questions about the ethical implications of our work.

1. What was your first ever design-oriented role?

2. What prompted you to focus on ethics in design?

3. What are the 3 most common design decisions/patterns that you see in the wild or in your work, that are unethical and designers should be wary of?

4. What advice would you give to designers to navigate a scenario where they are asked to implement unethical business decisions by their clients/bosses?

5. How do you see the role of ethics in UX design evolving in the next 5–10 years?

6. What simple steps can designers take to evaluate the ethical implications of their decisions?

7. As technology risks becoming more invasive, what is the one thing that keeps you up at night, and one thing that gives you hope about the use of these technologies?

Poster for Webinar, “Ethics in Design: A Practical Guide” with Guthrie Weinschenk on 31 March 2021 at 4PM UTC.
Register for this webinar here.

I am co-founder of the Interaction Design Foundation - which specializes in education and career advancement for designers through self-paced online courses.

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