“..there’s no universally accepted set of professional values backed up by a governing body with the power to censure managers who deviate from the code.”
“Codes create and sustain a feeling of community and mutual obligation that members have toward each other and toward the profession.”
Hopefully, such nutty ideas won’t dominate the re-regulatory landscape brewing up in reaction to the financial meltdown and we’ll be smarter than that.
After all, more than half of the licensed American internists and rheumatologists, for example, routinely prescribe placebo treatments to their patients and consider them to be ethically permissible.
I point this out only in relation to the persistent call of a very small but vocal minority of designers and designer-wannabes to license designers, like doctors. People who love rules, regulations, shortcuts, best practices, six sigmas, templates, processes and anything else that’s the progeny of bureaucracy love licenses. Especially if they are the ones to set up the licensing rules and, of course, monetarily benefit from the license umbrella.
If licensing is the answer to design what’s the question?