Design Ethics Roundtable

Design Ethics Roundtable

In the fields of medicine, law, and engineering, professionals are required to follow a written code of ethics to ensure public safety. Although design has enormous influence on how people live their lives, there is no written code of design ethics that professionals can follow. Why not? How do ethics show up in design and what does that mean for designers? This event will explore how to navigate grey areas and become more aware of our design decisions’ impact beyond the final deliverables.

The Design Ethics Roundtable will explore the definition of design ethics in theory and practice. A panel of design practitioners will share personal stories of applying ethics in their work in patient care, prosthetic design, UX, and other fields. Following a Q&A, attendees will break into small groups to role play real-life ethics scenarios and discuss. Designers will come away with a better understanding of design ethics conceptually and in practice, gaining tools to apply in their everyday work.


Chris Rudd: Instructor and Lead of Community-led Design for the Chicago Design Lab at IIT Institute of Design, speaking about ethics in Community & Youth Engagement

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Chris Rudd is an Instructor and Lead of Community-led Design for the Chicago Design Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Institute of Design (ID) where his work focuses on co-designing with community stakeholders. Chris is a former Stanford Institute of Design ( Civic Innovation fellow where he focused on the intersection of design, youth development, and technology.

In addition to his role at ID, Chris is a community organizer, and founder of ChiByDesign, a black-owned and people of color led design firm in Chicago. Chris has a deep background in social equity work, systems change, and youth development. He’s worked with youth on the south and west sides of Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology.

Karen MacKay: Solution Principal / Experience Design at Slalom, speaking about ethics in Healthcare & Patient Experience

(Website, Twitter, Instagram)

As a design practitioner for almost 15 years, Karen's background in philosophy and industrial design provide a strong foundation for her expertise in human-centered design and design research & strategy. Often working in the healthcare and life sciences industries, she is especially passionate about evolving the patient experience through empathetic design and bold solutions that can shift the healthcare landscape.

Nia Easley: MFA Graduate at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, speaking about ethics in Communication Design


Nia is a Chicago-based artist and designer who works across platforms. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute with a focus in Visual Communication Design. As an artist she creates work that addresses issues of visibility, accessibility, urban migration, social justice and data visualization.

Sharlene King: Senior UX Designer at Salesforce speaking about ethics in UX Design

(Twitter, Instagram)

Sharlene King is a UX designer specializing in accessibility and behavior. During business hours, she works at Salesforce. In the after-hours and weekends, she corrupts the youth by teaching design through the Adler Planetarium, Chicago Public Schools, and other mentorship programs.

Craig Stevenson

Craig Stevenson is a Chicago native passionate about using arts and culture, business, education, and design as tools for social change. He is dedicated to building thriving, sustainable communities using creative placemaking. Craig has worked as a systems design, service design, and digital marketing consultant for Oak Forest Hospital, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems Planning and Public Affairs Divisions, Christ Universal Temple, the Universal Foundation of Better Living, and others. His artwork has appeared in numerous publications including New Vision in Business and the critically acclaimed books Post Black and AfroFuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. Craig also has taught Contemporary Art and Design Studio for Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago.


12:30PM: Registration and networking

12:45PM: Introduction and presentation

1:45PM: Break

2:00PM: Breakout sessions

3:30PM: Group share-outs

4:15PM: Closing remarks

Ticket Pricing

$15 Student Members

$30 AIGA Members

$40 Non-Members

Code of Conduct

By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.

Special Accommodations

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Special thanks to Nicolette Stosur-Bassett, Mary Foyder , Emily Moss , Leslie Presto and David Sieren for planning this event, to Dylan Wells of Relic for the event graphics, to Basecamp for hosting this event.

When & Where
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM CST
30 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607