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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Austin Center for Design

Through our research at Austin Center for Design, we discovered that people who receive social service assistance are yearning for a channel to give back... 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 ⇒


C'mon Down - Aerial Urban Graphics

Maryland Institute College of Art

Urban heat island has detrimental affects for a community. Increased temperatures lead to a host of health problems and perpetuate a... more ⇒


Swap Shop

Kansas City Art Institute

Swap Shop is a place for community entrepreneurs to launch new business ideas within a program that allows for limited risk. In addition to the opportuni... more ⇒


Help Desk: Furnishing Better Futures

Help Desk makes beautiful furniture using sustainably sourced East African hard woods and we use the profits to help under-equipped Ugandan schools by furnishing classrooms with new desks and better infrastructure.