Social Moral and Ethical Issues

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  • Created on: 03-11-20 19:01
Problems with technology?
Technology becomes obsolete fast, therefore waste occurs more regularly. An example is with Android devices that only have 2 years updates then are finished for.
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Problems with social media?
Although smart devices have become extremely helpful. It has also lead to cyber bullying which can effect peoples mental health.
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Which designers think about Social Moral and Ethical Issues?
Victor Papanek and Willian Morris, minimised detrimental effects on local and wider communities.
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Apple aims to become carbon neutral by 2030. Data stored for imessage is powered by wind farms. Also Apple has removed its charger from it's latest iphones (to reduce the size of the box and waste).
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- Targeting 100% energy capacity - Sustainable resources by 2030 - working with World Wildlife Fund to reduce emissions.
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-Encourages charity work - Offers help in natural disasters - Plants trees
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Sustainability and ethical problems
Damage caused by metal ore extraction, such as Mina Gerais(Brazil) iron ore mine disaster where 6 people died.
Dangers of toxic gasses being emitted, such as Union Carbide, Bhopal (India), methyl isocyanate disaster, in which thousands died.
Several work
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Examples of good sustainability and ethical practice
-Starch based polymer
-Forest wood schemes that ensure sustainable timber use
-Use of recycled materials
-Local sourcing of material that reduces transport costs and emissions
-Addressing issues on international labour organizations and other issues etc
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Cultural acceptability
How products are perceived by different genders and cultures
The colour of the product
religious beliefs, traditions and customs that may be outside a designers experience
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Research when designing
This important so that products don't offend people, therefore designers must accommodate a diverse range of people without stigmatising them.
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Examples of inclusive design:
-Updated standards for wider doors for wheelchairs in new houses
-Busses with with lower floors and bright yellow/orange handle bars
-Raised pavements and bumps for sensory feedback
-Hearing induction loops
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Social problems
Designers can help society by developing products whose designs and manufacture address social issues:
-Innovative child-friendly litter bin designs to encourage the adoption of good habits.
-Black box devices in cars
-Scanning devices at airports and for
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Human migration involves the movement of people from one place to another with intentions of settling, permanently or temporarily, at a new location. Due to conflict, poverty, lack of infrastructure....
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One of the key requirements in refugee crises is to provide temporary accommodation.
Ikea's Foundation flat-pack 'better shelter' was produced in response to this - erected without tools, sleeps five, well insulated, solar system
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Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. Members of the fair trade movement add the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environ
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The six Rs of sustainability
Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair are all useful terms to explore reducing the impact of technology on people and the environment.
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