December 23, 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 30” list 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 Archinect.com.
October 21, 2011
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 PublicInterestDesign.org will be following and covering in its formative months and beyond.
September 6, 2011
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 Amazon.com.
August 3, 2011
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
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