Supporting Partners

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages have long been a staple in a family’s first-aid kit as a source of healing, comfort and protection. And as the brand has expanded over the years, so too has the technology and innovation behind it. The makers of BAND-AID® Brand have moved from offering strictly bandages to offering a wide variety of products to meet the diverse needs of today’s active families and their lifestyles. For more information visit

Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE:CCO) is the world’s largest outdoor advertising company with close to one million displays in over 50 countries across 5 continents. In the United States, the company operates just under 200,000 advertising displays and has a presence in 48 of the top 50 Designated Market Areas. It also operates airport, rail and mall advertising businesses worldwide. Its Spectacolor (U.S.) and DEFI (international) divisions are the global market leaders in spectacular sign displays, including in New York’s Times Square. Clear Channel Adshel is the company’s international street furniture division, which operates over 3,500 municipal advertising contracts worldwide. Clear Channel Outdoor also operates digital displays and networks in most of its divisions. More information may be found by visiting

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. Cooper-Hewitt’s educator programs have become models throughout the country, demonstrating the potential for design to enhance teaching and learning across the K-12 curriculum.

For more information on Cooper-Hewitt’s education focused programming and resources, please visit:

frog design is a global innovation firm that helps the world’s leading companies create and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences. frog’s multidisciplinary process reveals valuable consumer and market insights and inspires lasting, humanizing solutions. With a team of more than 400 designers, technologists, strategists, and analysts, the company delivers fully convergent experiences that span multiple technologies, platforms, and media. frog works across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, media, education, finance, retail, and fashion. Clients include Disney, GE, HP, Logitech, Microsoft, MTV, Seagate, Yahoo! and others. Founded in 1969, frog is headquartered in San Francisco, with studios in Austin, New York, San Jose, Seattle, Milan, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Shanghai.

Founded in 1902, Lamar currently operates over 150 outdoor advertising companies in more than 40 states and Puerto Rico. Lamar has over 70 transit franchises that reach driving audiences across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico through billboards, digital billboards, bus shelters, benches and buses. Lamar is also the nation’s leader in the highway logo sign business, with operations in 19 states and the province of Ontario, Canada. To learn more about Lamar, visit

Mohawk is the largest privately owned manufacturer of premium printing, writing, and digital papers in North America. The company is known for its commitment to sustainability, its innovative products, and entrepreneurial spirit. In 2010 Mohawk acquired the software company, Labprints, and now offers workflow solutions to professional photographers and labs, in addition to its core paper offerings.

A certified women-owned business, we think deeply about people, the earth and business, try to imagine the future and share what we learn along the way. Our social responsibility efforts are comprehensive and completely woven into the fabric of our corporate culture and business practices.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a leading North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names, including McCoy, Opus and Somerset, are some of the industry’s most widely recognized and specified.

In addition to providing versatile coated fine paper solutions for designers, Sappi Fine Paper North America is committed to supporting the social change work of designers. Since 1999, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program has awarded more than $9 million worldwide in grants to support causes that range from youth centers and health care awareness to wildlife protection and sustainability. Individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups, who are performing pro-bono work for a nonprofit can apply for an Ideas that Matter grant. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project and may be used to cover implementation and out-of-pocket costs. For more information, visit or call 800-882-4332.

Born out of a love for design and community, the ultimate mission of Studio Accord is to promote the ideals of quality design in China. We notice that organizations within China are becoming increasingly professional in their endeavors and operations; however, to truly stand out as top-quality, organizations need to develop strong brand identity. Having access to beautifully crafted and effective marketing materials allows organizations to go above and beyond. See a Design Ignites Change news story about Studio Accord here.

The Times Square Alliance, founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square. In addition to providing safety and sanitation services, the Alliance coordinates many major events in Times Square including New Year’s Eve, manages the City’s busiest Tourism Center and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.

Williams and House is an award-winning strategic communications practice, best known nationally for its work in the world of design and in the graphic arts industry. Founded by partners Pamela Williams and Lisa House in 1990, this unique practice provides clients with truly integrated, full-scale marketing communications programs implemented globally and/or locally – combining messaging with the relevant communication tools, media outlets and platforms to deliver the desired results. Pam Williams is the key architect and advisor of the Design Ignites Change communications strategy.