Project Case Studies

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Below is an archive of project case studies; each one is a designer’s vision to ignite change in the world through creative problem solving. We aim to bring big ideas such as these out of the studio and into the community to inspire like-minded changemakers. Projects are posted by Design Ignites Change participants and award applicants.

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IOBY Video Storytelling Toolkit

School of Visual Arts

IOBY, or In Our Backyards, is a micro-funding website that helps finance small, local projects in the city of New York. IOBY is able... more ⇒


Ben's Book: Little Red Flying Hood

Foothill High School

As part of our inclusion program, students with special needs are encouraged to be active members in the school community. Ben, wh... more ⇒

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Blank Plate

Parsons The New School for Design

Blank Plate is a experimental workshop that aims to inspire Hunts Point teens, encouraging them to make new connections with their community and transfo... more ⇒

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Pivot: Empowering Trafficked Victims

University of Washington Division of Design

Pivot provides rescue information to female human trafficking victims without detection by their captors. Ordinary-looking sanit... more ⇒


The Uptown Exchange

The Chicago-based project is a partnership between Cannon Design, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc, Virginia Tech and the University of Utah, that is de... more ⇒