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Review: Website offers a broad view of design issues

Source: UN, 5 October 2001

Deskwithdrawers offers an online meeting point for designers and also a good introduction for HCI students to some of the less obvious aspects of design work. It does not deal extensively with usability as such, though social responsibility features highly.

The hosts suggest that design is more than just merely satisfying the brief and list the following issues that designers are thinking about:

  • Ethics
  • Copyright issues
  • Mentoring
  • Alternative working practices (e.g. childcare issues, co-operatives, flexible work models)
  • Awards system (how to encourage ethical excellence and not just reward unnecessary surface decoration)
  • Professional codes of practice

The site has a section for contributions and welcomes suggestions to extend this list.