There's more to design than just design- it's also important to engage ethically with your design work. That's easier said than done, but the resources below can help you learn more and approach your design thoughtfully.
There are several important ethical topics to consider. The following resources tackle spec work and more.
It is important to consider the accessibility of your designs as you create them. Print and digital media will have different considerations, but accessibility should be part of your process for both. The following resources may help you learn more about accessibility and design concerns. Accessibility is much easier when it is considered early in the design process.
U.S. copyright law provides the creator of original works expressed in a physical form exclusive rights to copy, distribute or perform their work. A general understanding of copyright, both how it protects you as a designer, and how not to infringe on the copyrights of others with your work, is important. Explore the Copyright Guide, linked below, to learn more.
Many folks release their creative works for use by others using open licenses- these are licenses that allow others to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute their work. Explore our Open Educational Resources guide to explore many collected resources that you're free to reuse or remix. This guide includes educational resources as you might guess from the name, but also includes photos and other resources.