Human Behaviour

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For part of my dissertation I have decided to look at how design influences Human Behaviour. We touched upon this during the field project Agents of change last year, taught by Wendy Keay-Bright and Neil Angove, which was the reason behind doing my dissertation on responsibility of a designer.

Despite not being with us this year, due to having an accident just before summer, Neil has still been available to contact via message and I am grateful for his help. When I told him I wanted to look at Human Behaviour, which is what he specialises in, but I didn’t really know where to start, he replied with this –

Begin your thinking with these questions, “What is the effect of my design upon human lives and behaviour?” Then ask, “Is my design promoting wasteful, even harmful, activities – or is it encouraging beneficial effects?” Sustainable practice must consider whole life-cycle effects: from mining and extraction of materials, health, welfare and well-being of human and biodiverse ecosystems throughout the supply-chain, energy consumption, distribution and transport, purchase and use, discard, waste and pollution.

He also said he would send some reading material my way.

What is the effect of my design upon human lives and behaviour?

Is my design promoting wasteful, even harmful, activities? 

is it encouraging beneficial effects?

Some of the answers to this can be found in David Berman: Do good design.

Some really interesting things here.

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