Center for an Urban Future
8 Ways to Grow New York’s Design Sector
New York City is home to more designers than any other U.S, city and a top location in the world for cutting-edge design. NYCxDESIGN — the city’s first citywide design festival, launching this week —builds on much of that activity to increase awareness about what design is and what it can do. But there is more the city can do to solidify New York’s claim as a capital of design.
Designing Design into Society
A report on the Design Ethos 2012 DO-ference.
Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
How a disruption in routine (potentially by design) can alter the environment.
Designing for Social Change
Designing for Social Change
is a toolkit of strategies, case studies, and stories, offering new opportunities for approaching social design in our communities.
Designing an Educational Breakthrough
A new initiative recruits young adults to create ways to promote adolescent literacy
Better Service Through Consultmanship
On a neglected area of design education
Architecture's Internship Requirement Needs a Redesign
An argument for rethinking architecture's internship requirement
10.27.11: Courtney Drake & Deirdre Cerminaro with William Drenttel
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.
What We Can Learn from Project Runway
As 'Project Runway' launches its 9th season, a designer muses on what she's learned.
Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions
How to improve design competitions aimed at social good.
IDEO announces a new nonprofit organization.
Hester Street Collaborative
Report on Hester Street Collaborative's pro-bono design model.
Mensch at Work
Review of The Power of Pro Bono
The Meek Shall Inherit the Market
Phil Patton writes in praise of frugal engineering, and not just for developing markets.
Design Ethos: A Bugle of Change
Essay endorsing a new definition of graphic design practice.
Death to Design Awards
Essay attacking design awards for stifling innovation
The Language of Design Imperialism
Essay on the flawed language used to describe humanitarian design efforts and what it indicates.
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary
Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.
Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty
Meditation on the doubt creeping into today's design practice.
Catapult Design: How to Run a Design Firm for Social Change
Catapult Design’s nonprofit model offers a new way to think about how designers can engage social innovation projects.
Bellagio Design Symposium: Core77 Report
Allan Chochinov of Core77, sums up his experience at the Bellagio Design Symposium, the annual Salone Del Mobile Furniture Fair in Milan and being hostage to the whims of a volcano.
Design for Change Contest
Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer, teacher, principal, advocate and social entrepreneur. Now her “Design for Change Contest,” a recent initiative that swept India in 2009, is expanding globally.
Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army
Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, is no easy feat.
The Volunteer Design Chronicles (Lincoln, NE)
Community-focused pro-bono design activities in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Better Living Through Artistry
SEWA, a cooperative textile manufacturing company in Ahmedebad, India, is a network of self-employed women.
DesigNYC is the latest grass-roots organization to match socially minded designers with nonprofits.
Prepared for Haiti
Tony Whitfield meditates on the assistance designers should give in Haiti following the earthquake, and in future catastrophes.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.
Aspen Design Summit Report: CDC and Healthy Aging
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the CDC Healthy Aging Project began with the initial premise to enhance the ability of public health entities to determine whether adults 50 and over have received recommended preventive health services. The Project developed a “5 over 50” concept and brand name, and a new goal: to double the current number of people who are “up to date” with these preventive measures.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Hale County Rural Poverty Project
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Hale County Rural Poverty Project conceived of a socio-economic model of resource allocation through an online platform for accelerated regional development in the Black Belt counties of rural Alabama.
Aspen Design Summit: Participants
The Aspen Design Summit, November 11-14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, involved 64 participants — designers, experts, researchers, educators, and representatives of NGOs, foundations and businesses. This the complete attendee list of participants.
The Value of Empathy
Andy Chen responds to the debate between David Stairs and Valerie Casey on the recent surge of social design activity.
10.01.09: Moderated by Julie Lasky
The Kindness of Strangers
Debate between graphic designer David Stairs and Designers Accord founder Valerie Casey about designers' roles and limits as social activists.
Design & Development: Interview with 4baq
John Thakra discusses sustainability, design and development with 4baq.
Make Sense, Not Stuff
John Thackara presents a three-step plan to connect design schools to the green economy.
Design for (Im)mobility: Interview with Domus
John Thackera defines and explains the importance of ethnoecology.