Design for Good is a movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social changeDesign for Good is a platform to build and sustain the implementation of design thinking for social change. This platform creates opportunities for designers to build their practice, their network, and their visibility. Design for Good recognizes the wide range of designers’ work and leadership in social change which benefits the world, our country and our communities.Design for Good supports and sustains designers who play a catalytic role in communities through projects that create positive social impact. By connecting and empowering designers through online networking tools, inspirational stories, chapter events, training, national advocacy and promotion, Design for Good serves as a powerful resource for designers who wish to work in this area and a beacon for designers leading the charge.
Get involved. The AIGA website has a growing list of organizations, schools, programs, training and fundraising opportunities offering ways for you to engage.Are you looking for an organization that pairs designers with nonprofits or provides guidelines on running a nonprofit project in your area? Advertisers Without Bordersis a national community of advertising and communication professionals who have a true passion for social causes.All for Good makes it simple to find ways to do good by helping people connect with service activities in their communities. The site brings together service opportunities from local and national organizations to help you find volunteer activities that fit your time and interests.Design for America teaches human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners and implements innovative solutions based on insights into human needs, rapid prototyping, user-testing, and interdisciplinary team work. Design for America currently addresses national challenges in education, health, and environment and is constantly seeking mentors and students to participate.
Whether you are a student or professional, there are always internships, mentorships, and professional development opportunities and programs that can help you as a person and designer make a social impact!
Design Ignites Change is a national initiative of World studio, that engages high school and college students in multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues. Participants are encouraged to apply unleashed creativity and executable actions to problems that exist in their own communities.D-Lab is a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that fosters the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions within the framework of international development. D-Lab’s mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income households through the creation and implementation of low cost technologies. Project M is an annual intensive summer program in Greensboro, AL, for young creative people inspired to contribute to the greater good, and looking for a platform to collaborate and generate ideas and projects bigger than themselves. The program encourages and provides techniques for thinking in a non-linear way in order to generate new ideas and design directions in a way that brings about true innovation and creative exploration.Designmatters is a program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena that offers that focuses on the intersection of art and design and social change and aims to help students develop the skills to translate meaningful ideas into actionable solutions.Implementing Social Change: Beginner's Workshop is a one-day program led by PellegrinoLab that guides attendees through the critical processes of actualizing solutions to social challenges with a sense of entrepreneurial spirit. The workshop is available nationally, but must be arranged and scheduled via PellegrinoLab in advance.
ArtPlace believes that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities, thus increasing the desire and the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place. It is all about the local.Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.The National Endowment for the Arts recognizes design's ever-present role by funding activities across the design disciplines that encourage, preserve, and disseminate the best in American and global design and its impact on communities.Pepsi Refresh is a program funded by Pepsico that provides multiple grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 each month to ideas that refresh the world. Ideas submitted must fall into one the following six categories: health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, neighborhoods, and education.Sappi | Ideas that Matter is a grant program established to recognize and support designers who generously donate their time and talent to a wide range of charitable activities with a primarily aim on supporting the creative ideas of designers that have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that are a powerful force for social good.
"Sorry, You're Occupied" Occupy Wall Street Rally - Posters (Company Dan Cassaro)About Art as Protest - Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.This Occupy Wall Street movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don't need Wall Street and we don't need politicians to build a better society.the only solution is WorldRevolution
"Nice Ride" Bike Campaign(Company Duffy & Partners) Art for Healthier Lifestyles through BrandingConcern over unhealthy lifestyles is on the rise. Awareness of transportation and its related environmental issues remain top of mind. Forward-looking communities around the globe are working to develop new solutions that will be supported by governments, businesses and citizens alike—both for the health of citizens and the environment in which they live and work.
Immigration Defense(CompanyColette Gaiter)Art for Protestthrough posters – nothing new here – designers have been using posters for propagandasince the Constructivistmovement.In Arizona, a group of more than 50 artists, designers, writers, musicians, and activists gathered in Tucson to initiate the Culture Strike Coalition National Campaign against harsh immigration policies. I was part of this delegation, organized by Bay Area activist Favianna Rodriguez, writer Jeff Chang and others. They chose Arizona because of recent protest activity against its Senate Bill 1070 that put into place some of the most brutal methods of enforcing immigration restrictions to date. Arizona was the site of massive protests against SB 1070 and advocating passage of the Dream Act, which would allow conditional permanent residency for people brought to the U.S. as minors after they lived here five years.
Water Is Life Campaign (Company DDB) Multi-media and social networking through sites like facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, and tumblr (just to name a few) is where it’s at right now. This campaign speaks for itself!
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DESIGN FOR GOOD/SOCIALENGAGEMENT Brad Harrell Collin Neil Hall Jaclyn Arens Nelson Bohannon Valarie McCown
DESIGN for GOOD Design for Good is a movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design- driven social change Design for Good is a platform Design for Good supports and sustains
GET INVOLVED! Are you looking for an organization that pairs designers with nonprofits or provides guidelines on running a nonprofit project in your area? Advertisers Without Borders All for Good Design for AmericaAnd there are more… visit the AIGA Act and AdvocatePage
NEVER STOP LEARNING ANDGROWING! It doesn’t matter if you are a student or a professional continue with your education!
A FEW CURRENTOPPORTUNITIES… Design Ignites Change D-Lab Project M Designmatters Implementing Social Change: Beginners WorkshopAnd there are more… visit the AIGA Learn and Grow
AND you can EVEN GET PAIDfor DOING GOOD! If you have a socially impactful design project that would benefit from a grant? Or perhaps another form of support could help you turn your great idea into reality? Check this out…
FUNDING and SUPPORT ArtPlace Knight Foundation The National Endowment for the Arts Pepsi Refresh Sappi | Ideas that MatterAnd there are more… visit the AIGA Funding and Support Page
CURRENT COMPANIESDOING IT! Occupy Wall Street Rally - Posters