Design & Technology
Societal and moral factors, health and safety
Most designers will feel that they have a responsibility to make products that do not have too damaging an impact on the environment. This might mean that they seek to use:
Seeking to minimise negative effects on the environment in this way is called a sustainable approach, because it does not damage the livelihood of future generations.
A designer may also want to think about the impact his or her products might have on people's religious or cultural susceptibilities. Certain images and slogans have the power to deeply shock or offend people, which will probably not encourage them to buy the product!
There may also be legal constraints on the designer, as well as purely moral ones. For example the The Data Protection Act protects the consumer by limiting the access that other individuals or organisations have to private information about them, as well as the ways in which this information can be used. Companies are required to work to guidelines on how information is processed, recorded and stored. Limitations are also placed on the length of time data should be kept and how it is shared.
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