The Need for Socially Responsible Design in a Dynamic Society


In the light of social change diversification, the importance of shaping connections between people and products for more resilient ways of life is growing. The purpose of this paper is to uncover the importance of responsibility and self-cultivation of designers in social change diversification. For this aim, this paper reflects on a case study of the design of Chinese dockless bike-sharing systems, including Mobike and OFO. The case of the dockless bikesharing systems represents fast-paced changes in the service design industry which necessitates quick, constant, and holistic design input. The paper reports on how the case study is described in literature, and what learnings can be drawn from this. The study highlights the important role of design for society and shows approaches of designers towards solving real-world problems. Self-cultivation of designers seems to be an important factor in reinventing proximity between social responsibilities, sustainable considerations, and market competition in design.

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Simon Dai, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Heide Lukosch, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Bahareh Shahri, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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Conference: ECADE2022
Stream: Design for Society

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Dai S., Lukosch H., & Shahri B. (2022) The Need for Socially Responsible Design in a Dynamic Society ISSN: 2758-0989 – The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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