TAKE THE OATH
 
 
 
DO GOOD

1

I will do no harm good.

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BE INFORMED; INFORM OTHERS

2

I will intelligently use the works of those designers and artists in whose steps
I walk, and proactively share such knowledge as is mine with any and all.

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BE TRUTHFUL

3

I will use design to communicate truth, applying all measures that are required and avoiding those twin traps of indulgent overtreatment and minimalist nihilism.

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THINK CRITICALLY

4

I will remember that there is science to design as well as art, and that function, logic, and communication will outweigh base surface aesthetics and popular visual cliché.

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COLLABORATE

5

I will intelligently use the works of those designers and artists in whose steps I walk, and proactively share such knowledge as is mine with any and all.

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KNOW DESIGN'S ROLE

6

I will respect my clients, for their
areas of expertise may be broader than my own. Respect, however, is not synonymous with subserviency.
Design is demonstrably powerful and demands its own respect.

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TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

7

I will remember that I do not merely
treat "ugliness," but a deeper
underlying design problem whose solution will have tangible effects in
the world and environment. My task includes considering these effects.

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CHALLENGE

8

I will encourage thought, for lively inquisitiveness is preferable to routine docility.

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STAY CONNECTED

9

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, including impressionable children, economically disadvantaged consumers, and future generations — not just clients.

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KEEP MOVING

10

I will create with enthusiasm, craft with attention, and evaluate constantly.

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The Designer's Hippocratic Oath
A Manifesto by Laura Javier