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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Cease 4 Peace

C.S. Mott Community College

Addressing his personal experience growing up in Flint, Michigan, DeMarcus Smith has designed a project that speaks to youth in his community about th... more ⇒

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"Create! Don't Hate." Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast High School

The Graphic Design II students at Treasure Coast High School have decided to tackle the 'Create! Don't Hate,' billboard design initi... more ⇒

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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 ⇒

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Safe Agua - Ducha Halo

Art Center College of Design

Through a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi País, The Safe Agua Proj... more ⇒

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Courage NYC

School of Visual Arts

Courage NYC was created for the LGBT youth program at The LGBT Center in NY. They are Customizable badges of courage, inspired by the Wizard of Oz's Cow... more ⇒