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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PieLab

PieLab is an endeavor that has taken root in Greensboro, Alabama, undertaking a commitment to build relationships and establish initiatives within the commun... more ⇒

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Kalimat

Maryland Institute College of Art

Kalimat is a media programme for the Arab region and diaspora, focusing on how design approaches to education can foster effective communication of ideas, a... more ⇒

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Community Library for Newbern, Alabama

Auburn University Rural Studio

Within the rural context of Newbern, Alabama, a library can become a social center within the community. A group of dedicated ... 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 ⇒

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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 ⇒