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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Patient Care Map

University of Utah

Hospitals and clinics are very foreign environments to most people. The process of receiving care can feel like a visit to a foreign land; from th... more ⇒

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Quit.com

The Art Institute of California - Sunnyvale

Quit.com is a nonprofit website that motivates smokers to quit by providing them with tangible nonaddicting rewards. For each day they are clean, quitters r... more ⇒

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The Art Institute of Austin

This project would create a conglomerate of design and artistic professionals that would volunteer their time and talent to teach art classes to elem... more ⇒

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Brightening Brightmoor

University of Michigan School of Art & Design

Hand built solar lights for your bike, your street, your house.

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Wisdom Tree

Kansas City Art Institute

The Wisdom Tree is a sculptural sign system designed to raise awareness of Community Gardens in Rosedale, Kansas. The design uses symbolism to create a ... more ⇒