Ethics – What does it mean for Me?



The basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct. It includes study of universal values such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment.


Ethical behaviour or having good morals is a personal quality which is individual to a specific person, they set standards of behaviour both in personal and business life with the list seemingly endless.
We learn a lot of this behaviour from our upbringing, our culture, religion and beliefs,  I felt that if you have good ethics in your personal life you will usually carry them through to your professional life.
Working in the competitive world of creative arts has the potential to open many an ethical debate.
From our recent lecture, I have noted a few ethical standards which I felt are important, and whilst I would like to feel that I will adhere to these, I am also very aware that there are others who would not share these standards.

The artist or designer:

  • Should maintain respect for the profession, for colleagues, clients, audiences, consumers and society as a whole
  • Should acquaint himself with clients business and design standards, acting within the clients best interest
  • Should not work at the same time on similar projects which could cause a conflict of interest without the prior knowledge of the client
  • Should treat work in progress and the clients intention as confidential
  • Should not accept a commission which would violate another artist’s ethical standards
  • Pursuit of opportunities should support fair and open competition
  • Should not agree to complete someone else work unless satisfied that the other contract has been properly terminated
  • Must not attempt to obtain commissions by means of unethical inducements
  • Be objective and balanced in criticising another professionals work
  • Don’t take instruction which would infringe on another persons property
  • Observe the relevant code of conduct if working within another culture
  • Do not have any hidden charges, such as handling fees or admin costs
  • Do not deliberately mis-statement competence, experience or capabilities.
  • Do not claim sole credit for a collaboration


This list is not exhaustive, and in a more basic list, the following are the morals which I try to live by

  • Honesty and trustworthy
  • Do what’s right
  • Self-control
  • Integrity
  • Fair and just
  • Respectful of others
  • Tolerance
  •  Take personal responsibility

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