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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HAITI BRIDGE: I helped build it.

Otis College of Art and Design

HOW DO YOU CONSTRUCT A BRIDGE between a small Los Angeles community and their Global Haitian neighbors after the 2010 earthquake? ... more ⇒

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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 ⇒

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BREAK THE JAM! Save Money, Save Time!

Corcoran College of Art + Design

The Washington, D.C. metro Area is ranked as one of the top five most congested cities in the country. In 2003, Americans spent a ... more ⇒

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reCOVER: Disaster Recovery Housing

University of Virginia, School of Architecture

This Initiative reCOVER project focuses on the design, fabrication and testing of a disaster recovery housing prototype. It is pa... more ⇒

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ECODE project

Academy of Art University

ECODE aims to inform consumers and aid socially responsible shoppers by providing a clear and consistent graphic code for product labels. With the cur... more ⇒

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