Community, Communication Design


    Over the past few months, I have consistently sent out various resources across the internet; projects and initiatives focused toward Design & Society. I thought it may prove helpful to post a more extensive list of some top resources. Unfortunately, I will not be able to edit and update this post on Design21, but will post updated links in additional posts, in due course.


    • 1% Public Architecture: The 1%, a program of Public Architecture, connects nonprofits with architecture and design firms willing to give of their time pro bono.

    • Architecture for Humanity:
Cameron Sinclair’s multi-chapter organization focuses on using design solutions for humanitarian crises. Its Open Architecture Network is a online community where architects and designers can exchange ideas. 

    • Aspen Design Summit:
This new incarnation of the International Design Conference at Aspen gathers design-world leaders to explore how design can be used to form partnerships that inspire innovative leadership across society.

    • Design Corps:
Bringing recent architecture and planning graduates to work in rural communities, Design Corps includes a summer design/build studio and the Structures for Inclusion conference.

    • Design for Democracy:
The AIGA sponsors this initiative to use design to make the voting experience clearer, more understandable, and more trustworthy.

    • Design that Matters:
This collaborative design process creates new products that allow social enterprises in developing countries to offer improved services and grow quickly.

    • Dropping Knowledge: Encouraging social change, The Dropping Knowledge initiative links the voices of individuals and organizations. Offices based in Berlin, Germany and Cambridge, MA, USA.

    • Designers Without Borders:
Founded in Kampala, Uganda in 2001, DWB provides technology, instruction, and design consulting to schools and nonprofit organizations in Africa.

    • Doors of Perception:
The mission of this international network is to bring designers and businesses together to focus on innovation through conferences and events held in India.

    • Eco-Labs: London based EcoLabs aims to provide a platform for collaborative 
design addressing sustainability & systemic change.

    • Edge: Edge Foundation, Inc., was established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world.

    • Habitat For Humanity:
This global organization builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness.

    • Index:
This network of designers, businesses, organizations, and design institutions participates in conferences, competitions, and ongoing projects that hope to substantially improve human life worldwide. 

    • Inhabitat: A weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

    • Lovely As A Tree: The website for the eco-minded Graphic Designer.

    • Massive Change: Exploring the legacy and potential, the promise and power of design in improving the welfare of humanity. It originated as a collaboration between Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries in which we researched the capacities and limitations of human efforts to change the world for the better.

    • Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition:
An annual competition sponsored by Metropolis to promote activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers. 

    • RED Design Council: RED was set up in 2004 by the UK Design Council to tackle social and economic issues through design led innovation.

    • Rural Studio Outreach Program:
The Outreach Program allows students from outside Auburn University to participate in projects designing and building structures for Hale County, Alabama.

    • SocialDesignSite: The purpose of this site is to build a community and to foster a discourse for social design on a broader level. Social design projects from across the globe are exhibited here to highlight different aspects of our social world.

    • Treehugger Leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

    • We Are What We Do: We Are What We Do is a movement. Aimed to inspire people to use their everyday actions to change the world. Whoever they are. And wherever they are.

    • Work Worth Doing: Interdisciplinary design studio creating positive social and environmental actions for corporations, governments, and communities. Lorraine Gauthier and Alex Quinto started Work Worth Doing in January, 2004, after graduating from the first class of the Institute without Boundaries, where they were part of the team that developed the Massive Change project.

    • WorldChanging: Working from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

    • World House:
This multiyear, collaborative initiative explores the evolution of shelter and plans for the next generation of holistic housing design. 

    • Worldstudio:
With a mentorship program and scholarships for students in art, design, and architecture, Worldstudio engages the creative community in aiding economically disadvantaged and underprivileged youth.

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