Resources

Additional resources and support for designers engaged in socially-minded projects. Also see resources from Impact! Design for Social Change.

PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS

Public Interest Design’s 100 in the United States and globally
AIGA’s Design for Good
IDSA’s Design for the Majority

BOOKS & FILM

25 Books on Sustainable Design from Designers & Book
Design For the Real World by Victor Papanek
Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher
Design for Social Change by Andrew Shea
Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People by Emily Pilloton
The Design Activist’s Handbook by Noah Scalin
Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, edited by Bryan Bell and Kate Wakeford
Powered by Pro-Bono by the Taproot Foundation
Design Like You Give a Damn by Architecture for Humanity
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
Design Is the Problem by Nathan Shedroff
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen

If You Build It, a film about Project H by O’Malley Creadon Productions
Citizen Architect, a film about Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio by Big Beard Films
Urbanized, a film by Gary Hustwit

WEBSITES & BLOGS

Public Interest Design
The Living Principles
Change Observer
Co.Exist
The Public Dialogue
Stanford Social Innovation Review

ARTICLES & PAPERS

Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice by the Cooper-Hewitt
Design and the Social Sector: A Guide to Partnering by Design Impact

CASE STUDIES

Public Architecture’s the 1% and AIA
Design Observer Case Studies

GRANTS

National Endowment for the Arts
ArtPlace
Foundation Center (for researching grants)

AWARDS

Public Architecture’s Social Impact Design Award
SEED Awards
Sappi Ideas that Matter
Designer Fund
Vilcek Prize
Buckminster Fuller Challenge
Curry Stone Design Prize

FELLOWSHIPS

IDEO.org
Design Impact
Design Corps
Architecture for Humanity
Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

CONFERENCES

Structures for Inclusion
Public Interest Design Week
A Better World by Design
Feast
Social Good Summit
AIGA: Head, Heart, Hand

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT

Echoing Green
Ashoka
PopTech
Unreasonable Institute
DELL Challenge

TOOLKITS

Human Centered Design by IDEO
Collective Action Toolkit by Frog
Design for Social Impact by IDEO

HIGHER EDUCATION SOCIAL DESIGN PROGRAMS

SVA’s Impact! Design for Social Change
SVA’s Design for Social Innovation
MICA’s Social Design MA
Art Center’s Designmatters
Austin Center for Design
MIT’s D-Lab
Auburn’s Rural Studio
Parsons’s Design Workshop
UT’s Alley Flat Initiative

EXHIBITIONS

Cooper-Hewitt’s Design for the Other 90% and Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Public Interest Design: Products, Place, Process
MoMA’s Small Scale Big Change


This list is by no means comprehensive; if you would like to share relevant social impact design content on this website contact Ansley Whipple.