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BNP Paribas Exhibition Sarah Temple July 2018

Responsible Design Framework launch case studies to coincide with Green Week

Written by Alex Brent
Published date 15 February 2019

London College of Communication's Design School has launched a set of Responsible Design case studies as part of Green Week, a weeklong series of events exploring creative responses to climate change. 

The Responsible Design Framework (RDF) gives guidance for embedding responsible approaches and principles within the curriculum and provides an outline structure to inform London College of Communication staff and students.

The case studies feature projects spanning a wide range of disciplines, and explore a variety of themes including waste, wellbeing, social enterprise, design activism and corporate social responsibility.

BNP Paribas Exhibition Sarah Temple July 2018
The 'Everyday Heroes' exhibition by LCC design students Maxwel Fabiano Da Silva, Stephanie Tan, Olivia Sung, Ana Rios Wang, and Luca Gabellini-Fava for BNP Paribas (2018)

As a celebration of responsible creativity within LCC’s Design School, the case studies also evidence partnerships between UAL and influential global organisations, such as the United Nations and BNP Paribas.

“For students, it is absolutely essential that they consider audience perspectives through careful co-design research,” Sarah Temple, Course Leader for the Diploma in Professional Studies, said. “Responsible empathetic designers will be the ones shaping what communication will look like in the future.”

Along with over 600 other organisations, LCC have committed to the Montreal Design Declaration (2017), which recognises design as an agent of positive global change. The case studies reflect this commitment, providing a system of principles to consider when encountering any design challenge.

BNP Paribas Exhibition Sarah Temple July 2018
The 'Everyday Heroes' exhibition by LCC design students Maxwel Fabiano Da Silva, Stephanie Tan, Olivia Sung, Ana Rios Wang, and Luca Gabellini-Fava for BNP Paribas (2018)

To further demonstrate the Design School’s support for and championing of sustainability, a new MA in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures is due to launch this September. This new postgraduate course is aimed at designers who wish to concentrate their practice on achieving positive social and ecological transformation.

“As communicators and makers, we must consider our material responsibility, our potential to change behaviour, and what we want our legacy to be,” said Tara Hanrahan, Associate Lecturer in MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures.