Ethics & Web Design

I think ethical standards are important. The purpose of this site is to provoke discussion about the role of ethics in web design. If you care about ethics, please share your ideas.

Other Recent Posts

On Paying Your Dues

Advancing your career will take time and hard work, but exploitation should not be a prerequisite for success.

If you ask a lot of the people running companies what their employees want, they’ll probably say they want more money, more time off, and a cushy promotion. So that’s how a lot of jobs are structured: you’ve got to start at the bottom, and work your way up. You’re expected to pay your dues. This may be fine if you’re driven by the desire to get a corner office and raise, but what if you have different goals? Perhaps you’re motivated by the potential to continue learning, the pursuit of mastery in your craft, or the yearning to contribute to a greater vision. Opportunities like these abound, but you need to have them in your sights. In other words, if you were on a ship rowing oars all day, wouldn’t you insist on knowing where it’s headed? The same goes for the work you do. You can pound out design and code, and put in 80 hour weeks, but to what end? Paying your dues and paddling away day after day doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get any closer to your goals. 

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Respect Your Colleagues

Even though we know better than to throw each other under the bus, trash talking among web designers is common. What are the repercussions of this bad behavior, and why are we so compelled to do it?

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Ethics Poll

How often do unrealistic deadlines or client/boss demands cause you (or your company) to deliver work that you don’t feel has been done right?

About Me

Hi, I’m Dennis Kardys. I’m an experience designer living in Chicago and Design Director at WSOL. You can contact me at Check out some other things I’ve written here: WSOL Blog - Design.