This year’s Design Ignites Change Student Innovation Award winners forecast a bright future for the field of social impact design. We encouraged students to think big when it comes to innovating with design to solve community problems and they came through with numerous noteworthy project ideas.
Community outreach design work from former Impact! Design for Social Change students is coming alive in Washington Heights and the Bronx, thanks to government grants from New York City’s department of Small Business Services. One track of the Impact! program challenges student teams to partner with a local New York ...more ⇒
Studio Accord is a design firm formed by North American ex-pats in China with a very innovative business model: they take on both for-profit paying clients and non-profit pro-bono work and their proceeds are donated to a non-profit. It’s a group of enterprising, smart and dedicated women—who also happen to be only ...more ⇒
Stephen Kennedy of Urban Launchpad, a social venture dedicated to seeding and scaling urban data experiments, was selected as the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Fellow for the project Designing Dhaka‘s Bus Infostructure, an ambitious information- and service-design initiative to help citizens receive and ...more ⇒
Designers from the United States interested in social impact are often eager to explore how they can reach people in developing countries. Problem solving across oceans can sometimes be problematic due to lack of cultural knowledge or sensitivity on the designer’s part, but the two winning projects for the 2013 ...more ⇒