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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How much do you know about plastic?

University of Utah

The goal of this project is to establish educational resources to increase awareness about the meaning of the recycling symbols and numbe... more ⇒

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reCOVER: Disaster Recovery Housing

University of Virginia, School of Architecture

This Initiative reCOVER project focuses on the design, fabrication and testing of a disaster recovery housing prototype. It is part of an... more ⇒

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Enlightening Individuals

Kansas City Art Institute

This project will help fifth grade students at Rosedale Elementary understand and implement their learning styles; auditory, visual and kinesthetic... more ⇒

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Nudge

Austin Center for Design

Nudge is an online platform that allows care providers to schedule and send follow-up communications via text message. Nudge better connects patients to their care an... more ⇒

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Cease 4 Peace

C.S. Mott Community College

Addressing his personal experience growing up in Flint, Michigan, DeMarcus Smith has designed a project that speaks to youth in his community about the choice... more ⇒

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