Providing a memorable user experience demands skill, consistency, an attentive interest in the end user, and often a large dose of creative ingenuity to pull it all off. Creativity fuels innovation, solves complex problems, and can help our jobs feel less like work. By ignoring boundaries the creative mind leaves restraint behind and finds new and important ways to accomplish goals – all for the alleged benefit of the user. When we’re all so busy making things better, who has time for things like ethical considerations?
Ethics, however, serve an important purpose by providing a critical framework for successful group interactions. In the field of UX our impact on the world is growing ever larger and as it does our actions have further reaching consequences. Can you apply good ethical practices without compromising your creative intent? You can. Let’s start by doing better.
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
They’re more what you’d call
There appears to be some tension, in
that creativity eschews the traditional
and upholds the innovative, while
ethics, often, leans toward something
we might describe as established; set.
Creativity is also often a disruptor,
while ethics are an upholder - so to
have the perfect forms of each in one
person without conflict would seem
Are creativity and
ethics in perpetual
“The production of art, its role in public conversation,
its preservation, and its presentation, all
provoke us to confront ethical challenges…”
“We are committed to inspiring innovative thought
by using creative expression to elevate moral discourse;
bringing together communities
while prompting ethical dialogue between students, artists,
scholars, and the general public.”
— Emory University Center for Ethics as part of their Ethics & the Arts Initiative.
reflects the implied cost of additional
rework caused by choosing an easy
solution now instead of using a better
approach that would take longer.
…easy to implement in the short run
…with the purpose of achieving rapid
-Free Code Camp
the cost incurred by society from
choosing an easy solution now, in the
short run, with the purpose of
achieving rapid gains.
See the really great talk “A Young Profession Coping with Ethical Debt,”
by Theo Schlossnagle at QCon, March 28, 2018.