Graduating product designers and their attitudes to design responsibility: A survey

Birkett, Stacey; Lloyd, Peter and Garner, Steven (2008). Graduating product designers and their attitudes to design responsibility: A survey. In: 10th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference (E&PDE '08), 4-5 Sep 2008, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

The notion of responsibility in designing is one that is becoming increasingly important, underlying significant areas of design activity. The research reported in this paper presents the results of a questionnaire study of 50 graduating product designers from 11 UK Universities. We find that students are focussed on environmental issues, have a very clear idea about where their responsibilities end for the products they design, but who display significant differences between the ideas about responsibility they espouse and their practice.

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