The Varieties of Good Design

Salu Ylirisku, Mattias Arvola

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Abstract

This chapter explores the philosopher and logician Georg Henrik von Wright’s metaethical treatise of the varieties of goodness in the context of design. von Wright investigated the use of notion of ‘good’ in language, and he identified six kinds of goodness: namely utilitarian goodness, instrumental goodness, technical goodness, medical goodness, hedonic goodness, and the good of man. We discuss these different kinds of goodness in relation to six design traditions that we identify, namely conceptual design, usability design, engineering design, ergonomics design, experience design and sustainability design. We argue that the design traditions are grounded in different appreciations of goodness, and that designers and design researchers can benefit from a more precise discernment of values that underpin design processes and design critique in different traditions. von Wright’s treatise serves as a point of departure for the appraisal of the multifaceted and rela-tional character of the idea of good design and of the values of design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancements in the Philosophy of Design
EditorsPieter Vermaas, Stéphane Vial
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2018
Pages51-70
ISBN (Print)9783319733012
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73302-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesDesign Research Foundations

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Keywords

  • Design
  • Goodness
  • Varieties of Goodness
  • Values
  • Design Traditions
  • Virtues

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Ylirisku, S., & Arvola, M. (2018). The Varieties of Good Design. In P. Vermaas, & S. Vial (Eds.), Advancements in the Philosophy of Design (pp. 51-70). Springer. Design Research Foundations https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9_4
Ylirisku, Salu ; Arvola, Mattias. / The Varieties of Good Design. Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. editor / Pieter Vermaas ; Stéphane Vial. Springer, 2018. pp. 51-70 (Design Research Foundations).
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Ylirisku, S & Arvola, M 2018, The Varieties of Good Design. in P Vermaas & S Vial (eds), Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Springer, Design Research Foundations, pp. 51-70. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9_4

The Varieties of Good Design. / Ylirisku, Salu; Arvola, Mattias.

Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. ed. / Pieter Vermaas; Stéphane Vial. Springer, 2018. p. 51-70 (Design Research Foundations).

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Ylirisku S, Arvola M. The Varieties of Good Design. In Vermaas P, Vial S, editors, Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Springer. 2018. p. 51-70. (Design Research Foundations). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9_4