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Design for Dignity

ARTG 5710 Design for Dignity

Design for Dignity is a studio course that addresses design problems with a focus on the concept of dignity as a central principle of human-centered design. This course affords opportunities for students to explore the ethical dimensions of design practice through readings, discussions, in-class activities, and design projects.

Design for Dignity
Student works: Project 1

In Project 1: “Design a Humane Technology Service,” students imagine an impending future in which many services are mediated by technology. Students choose one of the conceptions of dignity as their design principle: autonomy, merit, interpersonal care, and human rights. The autonomy team designed a future library in which paper books have become antiquated and robots are managing “libraries” as activity hubs for local communities. Students proposed a service to nurture the autonomy of older citizens by encouraging them to serve as “human books” to share their legacies with younger generations.

Project 1

Student works: Project 2

In Project 2: “The Meta-design of Services,” students create systems that can support designers and/or a community of users in the creation or ongoing redesign of a service. These systems center on the principle of dignity. The first team focused on the many patients with chronic conditions who lack the support and guidance necessary for full recovery after hospitalization. This team created a post-hospitalization care tool kit to facilitate continued conversations among patients, their families, and social workers.

Project 2