social impact design resources

creative workshop between ku "design for social innovation" students and middle-schoolers at the boys & girls club of douglas county.

creative workshop between ku "design for social innovation" students and middle-schoolers at the boys & girls club of douglas county.


what follows is a continually ongoing list of resources related to the topics of social impact design, design for social change, design for good, and so forth. 


greater good studio chicago

thrive helena, arkansas

civic creatives st louis

creative reaction lab st louis

hyperakt new york city

robbie conal

firebelly chicago

celery design collaborative berkeley

the center for urban pedagogy brooklyn

rosten woo los angeles

la mas los angeles

make: good london

design action collective oakland

free range studios san francisco, new york, nairobi

liz ogbu


just seeds artist collective


books, magazines, journals

adbusters magazine, also available in print at the kcai library and booksellers

citizen designer: perspectives on design responsibility edited by steven heller and véronique vienne

conscientious objectives: designing for an ethical message by john cranmer, yolanda zappaterra

cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things by william mcdonough and michael braungart

designing for social change: strategies for community-based graphic design by andrew shea

design anarchy by kalle lasn

design for the real world: human ecology and social change by victor papanek

the design of dissent by mirko ilic and milton glazer

good: an introduction to ethics in graphic design by lucienne roberts

graphic agitation 1 and 2 by liz mcquiston

the design activist’s handbook by noah scalin and michelle taute

the guerilla art kit by keri smith

looking closer 4: critical writings on graphic design edited by michael bierut

massive change by bruce mau with jennifer leonard and the institute without boundaries

no logo by naomi klein

september commando by john yates

signs of resistance: a visual history of protest in america by bonnie siegler

worldchanging: a user’s guide for the 21st century edited by alex steffen

how to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul by adrian shaughnessy

guerrilla advertising: unconventional brand communication (books 1 and 2) by gavin lucas and michael dorrian

reproduce and revolt by josh macphee and faviana rodriguez

signal edited by josh macphee and alec dunn. print copies available through justseeds artists' collective. 


websites / blogs website accompanying the printed journal.

social design notes

the social good section of the great site design observer

ethics in graphic design 

renourish provides online tools and advocates for awareness and action for sustainable systems thinking in the visual communication design community.

online poster exhibits

women’s rights are human rights
curated by elizabeth resnick

the graphic imperative: international posters for peace, social justice & the environment 1965–2005
curated by elizabeth resnick

graphic intervention: 25 years of aids awareness posters
curated by elizabeth resnick

graphic advocacy: international posters for the digital age: 2001–2012
curated by elizabeth resnick


ma in social design from maryland institute college of art, baltimore

mfa in design for social innovation at school of visual arts in new york