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Design, Ethics and Group Myopia

Leslie F. Becker

Leslie F. Becker is currently Director of Design and former Chair of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. In addition to graphic design studies, she teaches Visual Studies courses that address the ethical and social effects of design on popular culture. A practising designer for over thirty years, Leslie works in areas such as corporate graphics, signage systems and furniture. She has presented papers at design conferences and universities such as Tsinghua University, Beijing, Harvard University and University College, Dublin. In 2010, Leslie lectured for one week to design educators as a guest of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Her writing has appeared in multiple design magazines and texts. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an MA in Design and a PhD in Architecture/Theory and Methods from UC Berkeley. Her research area is design and ethics. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Design and Ethics : Reflections on Practice

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2012

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... DESIGN, ETHICS AND GROUP MYOPIA Leslie F. Becker Design then (without ethics), design now (with ethics) The increasingly unexamined and popular use of the term ‘ethics’ begs for critical examination within our own community...