Recognizing powerful ideas

A lack of support is often the biggest challenge preventing new and creative solutions from becoming a reality.

Even the best and most creative social design concepts fall flat at the implementation stage, and in many cases the imagined outcome is far greater than the actual impact. Design Ignites Change encourages positive and meaningful change by providing established and emerging designers the resources to produce successful social design projects.

The Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award offers support for professional designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community.

The Educator Grant supports college and university faculty that incorporate the implementation of a social impact design project into their curriculum.

We also present the Student Innovation Awards, which provide $1,000 and $500 to college students in recognition of their exceptional work in support of positive social change.

View our past award winners here.

Help spread the word

Download the posters with our award offerings on the left side of this page (either 11″×17″ or 8.5″×11″), print and post in your school or studio!