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Ethics Within Design Entry 2

After reading over the assigned readings, it enforces some of what I have already known as basics, and in addition, helped be me more in-depth on the info I have read from the assigned readings, with the addition of a sort of changing my perspective on my work to be more cautious and aware. In addition, overall it also helps me understand the importance of copyright, how it protects me, and how it’ll protect me and others from being taken advantage of, in addition to making sure that credits of the original work are being given to the original author, it is just darn wrong to simply take a design someone worked hard to come up with to claim it as your own when you didn’t put any effort and stealing credits, while also destroying your own reputation, what is worse is the consequences in the future where you are viewed as a dishonest designer and will be much more difficult regaining that trust back.

As for some of my work, I do use other people’s work for creative purposes, projects, PowerPoint, and design experimentations. Majority of these works are not published publicly, it is mainly shown to others as finished assignments to professors, design ideas/concept, and experimentation to develop more on my graphical design skills. But, even though it is not shown publicly, I treat it as an MLA where instead of quoting the sources of specific quotes, I make sure I post links on the original image source where I’ve founded from. If there is the original author’s name and location I would also include that with the image cited source to make sure their credits are known. Overall, it is really scary on seeing the consequences of not citing the original author or giving credits, so I would just keep on citing/crediting the original authors’ works I have used.

For the pdf case study on “Case Study on Fair Use and Fair Dealing: The Hope Poster Litigation” (Hope poster case study – home | berkman klein center. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2021, from https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/tfisher/IP/Hope_Poster_Case_Study.pdf.) It is a definite warning to other designers on the importance of citing and giving credit to the original author. What is really pathetic (In my opinion) is how Mr. Fairey handles the case at the beginning. Which is ignoring warnings and lawsuits from AP lawyers. In addition, his actions in fabricating fake evidence to try to prove he is in the right and his stubbornness to give credit to Garcia’s photography work. This is blatantly dishonest and breaks one of the rules in design ethics, and that is claiming as the sole author of a design when reality the image and the hope is not sole authorship. Overall this case study is a fair warning to other designers to know their basic rights as designers and the ethics they should follow to avoid situations like Fairey’s case. We mustn’t be dishonest and we must remember to give credit when it is due.

Ethics Within Design Entry 1

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To be successful in the industry as a graphic designer, it is their responsibility to follow and know the ethical guideline when creating their work for someone or themselves. This is not just to protect clients but to also protect the designers themselves by learning what to be aware of and how to be careful and avoid future problems while in addition knowing their rights on what they can do and not.

Throughout my intern, I have been practicing one of the principles and that is the illustration works. I understand that I should be compensated for my work and also be paid for creating mock-ups, sketches, concept art, and so on. But I am a new graphic designer currently learning how the real world works and believe that working a bit for exposure can help me be known to others in the industry when looking for a new job. In addition, I’ve talked with my supervisor and he agrees that he’ll make sure to credit my work when he posts my sketches onto social media and making sure to stay in contact with the supervisor! Most of my work/project is me making illustration assets for the organization and in addition making design posts and finding an art style/theme that can reach out to viewers all made from the hand which is time-consuming with the addition of making sure illustrations are not a copy from other sources/work. So far the supervisor really like some of the concept sketches I’ve made for the organization! Overall, the organization that I am working with as an intern doesn’t have a creative brief, guideline, or design brief for the time being. It is a fairly recently created organization and the supervisor allows me and other intern designers to have free reigns on design ideas and creativity and see what would work on social media platforms and what doesn’t for the organization. In other words, we’re sort of in the experimentation phase. Although we are in an experimentation phase I am constantly keeping in contact with the supervisor and other interns to make sure that the designs fit the organization’s view and message. So were constantly keeping in contact, looking at each other’s designs and making sure the designs are respectful, communicating the right message, and constantly giving each other feedback to improve and make changes to make the design effectively communicate with the viewers and sending the right message on what the organization is about!

Overall, it is an interesting and helpful insight on how to be a proper graphic designer, while also making sure we’re protecting ourselves and the client/organization we are working with!