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Climate Action Plan case study: Responsible Design Framework

A building with the word emergence written on it in green
  • Written byLCC Design School
A building with the word emergence written on it in green
‘Everyday Heroes’ exhibition at London College of Communication 2018

Embedding eco-social design practice in the curriculum at London College of Communication

The Responsible Design Framework (RDF) was developed in 2015 within London College of Communication’s Design School. It is a framework and set of case studies designed to evidence a developing range of practices. It seeks to inspire students to consider a way to practice design that responds to the eco-social challenges of our time with the skills and values of responsible creative citizens.

It gives guidance for embedding responsible approaches and principles within the curriculum by identifying both explicit and tacit knowledge. The case studies highlight our students and staff’s learning and achievements. Projects were created with diverse external communities, non-governmental and local organisations.

The framework shows approaches to the process and purpose of design. Seeking to create in environmentally responsible and socially responsive ways. The projects share common traits, they:

  • are driven by a desire to address challenges
  • identify a clear purpose
  • use co-design research, resourceful making, prototyping, circular thinking
  • evaluate the projects as they develop with project partners.

Above all, the case studies support the belief that design can be a ‘site of action and agency, to radically transform our world’. A guiding principle that underpins the Design School’s Manifesto. Active and brave, we’re exploring lesser-known subjects, challenging the status quo, changing behaviour, raising expectations and taking creative risks.

The framework has informed cross-collaborative projects within LCC. With film, photography and sound design using the framework as a common brief. It has also supported the development of sustainable local community initiatives and projects and been used by external organisations as a reference point.