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Is ethics bad for (the design) business?

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Illustration by Monia Nilsen.When designers look at themselves in the (ethical) mirror and don’t like what they see

It dawned on me soon into my first design job:(gasp) designers might not save the world! However, — and many years down the road, — I realised that they can play an important role in helping the businesses they work for from inflicting harm to their customers. It’s actually a part of their duty. It‘s a win-win: your clients will earn people’s trust and you will sleep better at night. Sounds simple, right? Well, truth is, it is a little more complicated than that.

The events of the last three years