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Vol.9, No.0, 165 ~ 177, 2004
A Study on the Design and Social Responsibility
김창래 Chang Rea Kim
The economic value of design had emerged rapidly with the shift of the U.S. society from production to consumption. Despite a long and dominant role of design in economical development, there were surprisingly few detailed and critical analyses on its social role and consequent responsibility. Recently, while design is increasingly recognized as social, cultural, and philosophical object of study, its social role and ethical responsibility have come to the fore. Should design be socially responsible? In contemporary society, design is defined as a powerful economic, cultural, and social force. With that power comes its social responsibility. In a negative light, design has been an efficient medium to serve repressive regimes in power, to accommodate various problems and issues of war, and to cast presidential elections into doubt just. to name a few. Design can construct and reinforce stereotypes and false assumptions that are detrimental to society. However, the designers. indeed being facilitators of mass?consumption, have to be sensitive to, and responsible for, the huge amounts of waste and environmental damages. The fact that industrial corporations utilize design more often than educational institutions, cultural agencies, and other nonprofit organizations creates a monopoly of its service and disparity in accessibility of latest technologies in public domains. This thesis attempts to examine several ways that designers can integrate social responsibility into their work.
Key Words
Social responsibility, Economic, Political Reasons
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