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April 25, 2012

2012 NEA Art Works Design Grants Announced

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the results of its August 2011 grant deadline, with fields ranging from arts education and dance, to theater and visual arts. A total of $77.17 million has been granted via 928 grants in this cycle. Among those, the NEA’s grants in the overall field of Design (including architecture, graphic design, etc.) yielded 38 grants totaling $985,000, or an average of $25,000 per grant.

The 38 Design grantees represent 23 cities in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia. New York secured 11 of those grants, with 9 based in New York City alone, while California, DC, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each had three grants. The grant range from $10,000 to support a new website for the Design Trust for Public Space in New York, to $50,000 for a joint Architecture for Humanity / U.S. Green Building Council project, called “Building Blocks for Sustainable Schools,” which is a pilot program for greening schools nationwide.

Click here for the complete list of NEA Art Works grants in Design. Full disclosure:‘s own John Cary served as a panelist on the Design grants jury.

March 6, 2012

ArchRecord: Humanitarian Design Networks

Our coverage of Architectural Record magazine’s “Building for Social Change” issue continues with another excerpt from “The Good List.” Today, we look at ten humanitarian design networks, six of which appear in the actual piece, while two others are profiled in other sections of the bigger list, and another student-focused efforts fell outside the scope of our coverage. The eleven, in all, include affinity, membership, and pledge-based networks specifically focused on design for the public good.

The first six include Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), the Association for Community Design, Designers Accord, AIGA‘s Design for Good campaign, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum‘s “Design Other 90 Network,” and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. Two others, profiled elsewhere, include Architecture for Humanity‘s Open Architecture Network (in the process of being rebranded as Worldchanging) and The 1% pro bono service program of Public Architecture. Three other networks, outside the scope of our coverage, include the campus-based Design for America, the DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, and the Freedom by Design program of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

Click here to read our humanitarian design networks excerpt from “The Good List,” part of Architectural Record’s “Building for Social Change” issue.

December 23, 2011

Archinect: “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011″

The following is the introduction to a piece written by John Cary for Archinect, published earlier today. It is titled and thus profiles the “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011–for the public good.”

‘Tis the season for gift guides, year-end donation appeals, and lots and lots of lists. Among others, we saw a few standout designers among Forbes’s “30 Under 30list earlier this week, and it’s hard to disagree with most of Alissa Walker’s picks in her annual GOOD design year-in-review list, which is always worth a read. The following list, by contrast, favors people, places, and projects that advance the notion of design for the public good. It profiles built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures. Lists like this are never comprehensive; this one, for its part, seeks to showcase how design can and is making the world a better place, if not directly transforming people’s experiences and lives. Looking forward, tune in to Archinect for a companion list of the “Top 10 Design Initiatives Worth Watching in 2012,” due out next week.

Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011″ at

October 21, 2011

AIGA launches “Design for Good” initiative

AIGA–the professional association for designers, boasting 22,000+ members–has formally launched its much-anticipated “Design for Good” initiative. The video above captures the spirit and potential of Design for Good, challenging designers of all stripes to take on pro bono and social engagement projects.

AIGA understands the opportunity and need to function as a cheerleader, enabler, and connector, “providing designers with the tools, resources, and opportunities to become integral players in social change.” Moreover, “Design for Good aims to channel designers and their creative talent toward addressing community needs.”

Click here to learn more about Design for Good, which will be following and covering in its formative months and beyond.

September 6, 2011

Forthcoming Book: Just Design

San Francisco-based designer and author of multiple books Christopher Simmons of MINE is at it again with his forthcoming Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, due out this December. The book was written with the premise that “For many, doing good work that also does good in the world is part of the ethos of design practice.”

Simmons goes on to explain that “Just Design celebrates and explores this increasingly critical aspect of design by showcasing a diverse collection of inspiring projects, people, and causes.” In addition to 10 in-depth project case studies, the book boasts essays by a select group of designers as well as interviews, including the likes of Project H Design‘s Emily Pilloton and AIGA‘s Ric Grefe.

Click here to learn more or pre-order the book from

August 3, 2011

“Design & Thinking” Kickstarter Campaign

An up-and-coming film, currently seeking backers through Kickstarter, seeks to put a face on design-thinking, a term generally attributed to IDEO co-founder David Kelly, also of Stanford d.School fame. Self-described as “one of the very few documentaries on design, and certainly the first about the impact design thinking has on the world,” the film is expected to launch in 2011. As of this writing, the film’s Kickstarter campaign is already 2/3 funded with 31 days to go.

“Design & Thinking” is a project of the nonprofit Taipei Design Center U.S. and Muris Media, both based in San Francisco. Interviewees to date have included the likes of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum‘s Bill Moggridge, AIGA‘s Ric Grefe, the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management‘s Roger Martin, and Metropolis Magazine editor Susan Szenasy.

Thanks to Co.Design for bringing this to our attention.

July 6, 2011

Cause/Affect Design Award Deadline July 8

The deadline for the Cause/Affect design award, a social impact initiative of AIGA San Francisco, has been extended to Friday, July 8, 2011. The biennial program is open to submissions worldwide.

All work entered must promote and/or support social good. Work entered may not directly contribute to the profit of a commercial organization. Work submitted must have been produced and/or published between June 2009 and June 2011.

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