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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Made for Kids

Otis College of Art and Design

Junior Otis College students work with the students of ACES Elementary School in South Los Angeles. Together, the partnership explores the ACES campus,... more ⇒

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Saturday High Urban Samaritans

Art Center College of Design

In this project, students designed an exhibition for a non-profit foundation in New York City called Urban Samaritan that recycles loc... more ⇒

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Paint It White

Kansas City Art Institute

Urban environments experience higher climate temperatures than surrounding rural ones due to increased urbanization. This effect, known more formally... more ⇒

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Design for Eco and Social Sustainability

Otis College of Art and Design

Students from the Integrated Learning program at Otis College of Art and Design partner with children at the Accelerated Ch... more ⇒

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Power to (and from) the People

Academy of Art University

In partnership with GOOD Magazine, the Academy of Art University’s School of Graphic Design mobilized its students to deploy design to ... more ⇒