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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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 ⇒


Juntos Finanzas

Stanford University

Juntos Finanzas is a company created to build a community of savers among Spanish-speakers living in the US. We've built our tools to address issues... more ⇒


r3: Rethink. Reimagine. Reuse.

Academy of Art University

R3: Recycle/Reuse/Reclaim is a collaborative project by Academy students that promotes sustainable design, specifically by examining product life cycles and creating more holistic solutions. Course: R3 Lab Instructor: Tom Sieu


Sustainable Folgers Coffee

Academy of Art University

Customers drink coffee but don't know that the the modern way to cultivate coffee has a bad influence on the environment. The objective o... more ⇒


UChews Mobile Market

Academy of Art University

Going off to college is the first major life change that a person endures in their lifetime. It is during this transition that a college freshm... more ⇒