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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First Person American

School of Visual Arts
First Person American

First Person American is an initiative to change the public’s perception of immigrants and to interject a new voice through deep and poignant ... more ⇒


Rubble to Real Estate

Iowa State University

There are always communities coping with the aftermath of natural disasters – from flooding and hurricanes to earthquakes and forest fires. I... more ⇒



Missouri State University, Department of Art + Design
Bailey Alternative High School

The Sow initiative promotes sustainability and provides resources for the Bailey Alternative High School greenhouse, which benefits students and the local Sprin... more ⇒


Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint

Kansas City Art Institute

This project looks at factors in the middle school cafeteria in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. Rosedale has ... more ⇒

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Project C: Clicking Creates Change

Project C’s mission is to create a collection of multimedia stories that inform, inspire and encourage individuals to become invol... more ⇒