I'm a Dutch visual artist and designer, who has a passion for digital art. By defining clean, elegant and useful designs I continue to explore the digital world that evolves around us.
You can read about my adventures below on my Blog or tweet along with me on Twitter. Oh and you can check out my Linkedin aswell.
While continuing my adventure I came across something that immediately felt right. This "Code of Professional Conduct" immediately grabbed my attention and so I dug in.
The code of professional conduct is composed and edited by Andy Rutledge and draws from similar codes by the American Bar Association, AIGA, The American Institute of Architects, and others.
2013 Code of Professional Conduct
It is a standard to which I think every "professional" designer should live up to, as it stands for people who represent the highest standards of design professionalism and competence. It states principles, ethical standards and rules that uphold the thought behind the Code.
Three words come forth: professionalism, integrity and competence. These are the keywords that define the conduct. As the whole Code is a little lengthy to quote, the first paragraph isn't and therefore gives an insight in the why of these keywords:
Design professionals have certain fundamental obligations to society, to clients, to the profession, and to peers and colleagues. The Code of Professional Conduct states guidelines and rules for the conduct of design professionals in fulfilling those obligations. The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct.
The membership is voluntary but at the same time a privilege. As it stated many things I already thought of as natural, I would be honored to be recognized by it. Therefore this is besides an informing blogpost also my pledge, my individual dedication to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. A standard I will make sure I will live up to from here on out.
I hereby pledge my dedication to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence in design practice and promise to uphold the spirit and letter of the Code of Professional Conduct through consistent practice and habitual reflection on my actions.
I maintain, uphold, and adhere to the highest uncompromising standards of professionalism and integrity, as defined in the Academy of Design Professionals' Code of Professional Conduct
My hopes besides improving my own ways, is that I made you curious enough to reading the Code. It is an interesting thought: "How would the community look like if every designer would uphold to these standards?".
[Buy it](http://shop.frankchimero.com/) or [read it online](http://shapeofdesignbook.com/foreword.html)
It's not a manual, nor a bible. It's something that hopes to increase mutual understanding about what design is and what it can do. I wrote a short introduction on what you can expect in just the first few pages:
Design is communication and communication can be achieved through process. This process is the shape of design. Why we do it, is for the sake of communicating something. This means that every time it communicates, it gains more value. How we do it can be done in many ways, that's why design is so interesting and versatile. To know what you want to say and why this is important is one half, the other half depends on many variables.
This is one of the many books I hope to read on such matters and I just started on this one. I hope you read along and get inspired or infused with understanding just as me.
Currently I am thinking of adding a library section to this website, that will feature books or websites that have inspired me (apart from the fantasy books I read for pure joy).
update: To get a sneak peak of the content inside the book, watch this conference at which Frank Chimero talks about the Shape of Design. This was before he even started the Kickstarter project. The video both gives insight and complements the book.
Ready for action! This website is up for it. I am pleased with the result and happy with how things work. Especially the adding of new content is a bliss, thanks Skrivr people.
This blog will soon feature some interesting articles about design (primarily for the web), in the spirit of this smashing article. Bear with me when I make mistakes or rather read the quote below and contact me when I am wrong!
You will get better when you make mistakes and correct them.
Furthermore, there has been added a section for my curriculum vitae and my 3D portfolio. These will not always be on there, only when I need them to. So enjoy them while you can!
Last, but not least, I am thinking about adding a comment system. In the meantime, please comment on articles using twitter or any other social network you prefer. Have a nice day.
Currently this website is under construction. Of course you can tune in every five minutes or so to check if something has been updated and to see how I am progressing. If not, please check back later on!
Satisfy the Audience
This website will feature my personal information and a blog to publish everything that's on my mind related to design. Furthermore as you may have noticed already, I am using Skrivr to host this website and blog. It supports a new mindset I hope I will enjoy!
Update: Optimized the main article layout, for both normal and mobile devices. Individual article layouts are still in need of some work. Vertical rhytm should be in working state and I am thinking about changing the poly font (used for the article intro), because I am not satisfied with the standard height of the small caps. Lot's more small fixes going through my mind, but hey that's the process! For now enjoy this kitten that is exploring the infinite white.
Example kitten from [placekitten.com](http://placekitten.com)