A Designers Code of Honor 

Is a broken gun better design than a working one?

Design requires responsibility because it determines how the world looks like tomorrow. That’s why it is important to be aware of your influence and reflect on the impact of your work. Is it useful? Is it honest? Is it meaningful? Is it sustainable? Is it understandable? Is it inclusive? 

Based on the manifests i portrayed earlier and my own research and moral values I have developed my own Graphic Design Code of Honor. 

Technically these rules can be applied not only to Graphic Design, but all design sectors or even further to other fields of work and jobs. You can define these rules as detailed or general as you wish and still cover the main areas of what I think can be viewed as ethical behaviour in all personal and professional affairs.

1. Be kind and have respect!

First of all, designers are humans. Humans trained in the art of visual communication. Remember to communicate and act with respect towards everyone, to encourage diversity and be inclusive – in your life and in your design.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

(while still keeping in mind, that everyone is different and respect these diverse differences)

2. Question everything!

Dare to ask why and investigate the intention, instead of blindly executing anything. Be a consultant and strive to find the best possible option, while keeping the courage to go new ways. Try to see the bigger picture and prevent your work from being misused for the worse.

“Have the courage to use your own mind.”

3. Use your power for good!

Designers have the power to shape our future in every aspect. Take responsibility for your actions and use your potential to shape the world into a better place. Improve lives. Build a unified community. Create something meaningful and valuable.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

4. Be a problem solver!

Discover the underlying intention and discover the true problem of your task. Only this way you can create great useable and useful solutions. Show empathy and listen to people. Think holistic and work interdisciplinary.

“Tackle the root cause not the effect.”

5. Be honest!

Honesty is a value to determine the quality of design. Design is communication. And communication is open to interpretation and therefore prone to manipulation. But designers have the power to control the kind of manipulation. Show integrity through your design for what you support and what you don’t support. Have the courage to state your opinion.

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.”

6. Stay curious!

Develop your skills and your knowledge. Know the limitations of your abilities and consult specialists if you need help. Stay around and connected to inspiring people and learn from each other. Welcome constructive criticism and grow from it.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

7. Do your best!

Aspire to always deliver the best possible quality and result. Find out what you burn for in life and in a project and use that motivation and passion. Make it as understandable, as easy, as aesthetic and as sustainable as possible.

“Quality means doing it right, when no one is looking.”

von | 17. Mai 2021 | Blog