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The challenges affecting the widespread uptake of responsible design by commercial design consultancies in UK and Ireland

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posted on 13.09.2021, 14:32 by Vicky LofthouseVicky Lofthouse, Norman Stevenson
This paper recognizes and responds to a prior lack of understanding regarding the factors that shape designer’s opportunities to engage in more responsible design and identifies a myriad of complex elements at play. Through in-depth qualitative research with 27 design consultants and 4 leading academics in the UK and Ireland, insights into industrial design practice which bridge this knowledge gap and provide a valuable foundation upon which future work to engage design in responsible design practices, have been generated. Multiple priorities; acting predominately in response to the requirements of their clients; and the fact that consultants are not the final decision makers, all limit the opportunity for designers to engage in responsible design. However there is also a clear value-action gap that appears to be driven by widespread lack of understanding as to how to undertake responsible design; a lack of recognition of the commercial benefits it can bring; and a general lack of confidence in engaging with these topics. If commercial community of United Kingdom is to captialise on the enormous potential that design has to enact responsible design, more sophisticated understanding and examples which relate to business objectives and metrics are required.

Funding

This work was supported by a 3-year Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentship (2009) jointly held by Loughborough Design School and Loughborough School of Business and Economics.

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

International Journal of Design

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pages

37-54

Publisher

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

20/03/2021

Publication date

2021-08-31

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1991-3761

eISSN

1994-036X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Vicky Lofthouse. Deposit date: 3 June 2021

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