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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A Bar of Soap Can Make a Difference

C.S. Mott Community College

Sometimes all it takes to make a difference in a person’s life is a bar of soap. That was the conclusion of students at Flint’s M... more ⇒

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"Create! Don't Hate." New York

AIGA New York
High School of Art & Design

Create! Don’t Hate. is a Design Ignites Change youth mentoring initiative that guides you through the process of designing of a billboard ... more ⇒

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Heirloom

School of Visual Arts

Heirloom harvests pre-consumer fabric waste and transforms it into treasured artifacts. This is done in collaboration with local women (in shelters, elder ... more ⇒

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STOP & THINK

Parsons The New School for Design

Hunts Point, a neighbourhood in the South Bronx in New York City, is a designated Operation Impact Zone. It has become a ‘Frisk Zone’ where the streets a... 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 ⇒