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Design and social responsibility

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Publication date15/03/2021
Host publicationDesign for Global Challenges and Goals
EditorsEmmanuel Tsekleves, Rachel Cooper, Jak Spencer
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (electronic)9781000356700, 9781003099680
ISBN (print)9780367568511, 9780367635428
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameDesign for Social Responsibility


This chapter explores the introduction and rise of design for social responsibility or socially responsible design. The authors provide a brief historical overview of how socially responsible design emerged within the last 50 years and the role of the designer. In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the chapter draws on how designers have become activists, working with and for global communities, to take action into their own hands to reset the way we conceive of the world and how we inhabit it responsibly. The chapter concludes that the next challenge for designers lies in reframing the role of design globally to catch up on the SDGs and to act with total responsibility for the future of humans and the planet.