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Ethics and Values in Web Design

Authors: Kennedy, H.

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A detailed study of the work of web designers, drawing on empirical research carried out from the birth of web design as an area of work in the 1990s to its professionalisation in the twenty-first century.

About the authors

Helen Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in New Media in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. She has contributed numerous articles to journals such as Media, Culture and Society, The Information Society and Ephemera and is co-editor of Cyborg Lives? Women's Technobiographies (2001). She also teaches web design and occasionally designs websites.

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'With rigor and heart, Helen Kennedy demonstrates that ethical decisions are interwoven into the labor of web design, making the work meaningful for designers and the internet more accessible for users. She successfully balances a critical yet hopeful tone in theorizing cultural labor in the new economy.' - Vicki Mayer, Tulane University, USA

'Beautifully written and carefully researched, this is an important book that makes a major contribution to thinking about labour, ethics and new media.'

- Rosalind Gill, King's College London, UK

'Helen Kennedy has painted a detailed moral and emotional landscape of the web: beginning from its inception as a space founded upon principles of freedom, through the emergence of professional practices surrounding it, to the standards that now underpin making the web accessible to all. The book offers an alternative way of reading the hope and utopianism associated with the Internet in the 1990s. While many critical Socio-Technical Studies (STS) theorists perceived it as a collective technologically determined delusion that conveniently ignored ingrained inequalities, Kennedy argues that these affective beginnings were the basis for an industry founded upon ethical principles that subsequently attracts ethically motivated labourers. For web professionals, the book inspires some reflective thinking about why we were drawn to our industry and the ways we work in it. For students and teachers of digital media, it provides a much needed philosophical framework for web industry practice.'

- Linda Leung, University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • A Book about Web Design

    Kennedy, Helen

    Pages 3-22

  • A Framework for Thinking about Web Design

    Kennedy, Helen

    Pages 23-51

  • A Brief History of Web Design

    Kennedy, Helen

    Pages 52-82

  • Web Standards and the Self-Regulation of Web Designers

    Kennedy, Helen

    Pages 85-106

  • The Fragile Ethics of Web Accessibility

    Kennedy, Helen

    Pages 107-130

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Softcover $37.00
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Net Work
Book Subtitle
Ethics and Values in Web Design
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-35610-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230356108
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23137-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-23140-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 244
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