“Problems are solved by partnerships between many different kinds of individuals: designers, advocates, policy makers, scientists, engineers, business leaders. In the best scenario, they are covering a lot of ground together to achieve progress and create viable solutions.” Elisa Ruffino, Director, Designmatters Department
A dynamic conversation is going on between the private sector, public sector, and entrepreneurs. Hybrid solutions coming from these very different parts of society are making a lasting difference. Designmatters is actively participating in this shifting landscape, committed to building a more humane and prosperous outlook for all.
The significance of completed projects brings attention and inquiry to Designmatters, each adds to an environment where partnerships form and flourish. From international organizations, to national level funding sources, to individuals and alumni, partners play a vital role in our success. Their funding contributes to the projects’ viability, their expertise to the knowledge base of our students, and their support to the strength of Designmatters.
Once the class ends and the students have moved on, Designmatters often provides continuity. Strategizing, and assessing and measuring social impact highlight this phase. It’s about keeping an eye on the original objective… connecting projects to people and making a difference in their lives.
Informal, Formal, Collaborative (IFC): Designing in Underserved Communities, aims to capitalize on the rich social and human resources that exist within underserved communities, where processes of dynamic change are happening despite resource-and service-constrained environments. This Cluster will investigate situations and cases for design and collaborative services as opportunities for social leapfrogging
DESIS Network is a constellation of autonomous but interconnected DESIS Labs. Given this system architecture it offers the very unique possibility to integrate local and global points of view and to promote open design programs where a variety of projects converge, tackling complex problems and generating larger scenarios. Read more about Designmatters as a DESIS Lab here.
Leading creatively ico-D (International Council of Design) promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for progressive social change. Their vision, mission and core values are manifested through initiatives carried out in collaboration with members, who makeup an expert, multidisciplinary network of organizations, designers and stakeholders. Click here for the Designmatters ico-D profile page
Design Ignites Change — a Worldstudio program — supports designers and architects who want to make a difference through multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues.
Cumulus is an International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 176 members from 44 countries.
The Designers Accord is a global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders, working together to create positive environmental and social impact.