AIGA’s Design for Good initiative tackles social sector problems through design thinking. We are a passionate and collaborative group of interdisciplinary design thinkers, and anyone is welcome to join our ranks. Our group has seen designers, strategists, illustrators, educators, researchers, engineers, students, and more. The broader our knowledge the better our brainstorming!

Using the design thinking methods adapted from the principles of IDEO, we brainstorm and collaborate to seek unorthodox, simple, economical, and effective solutions to local social sector problems. We get at the heart of the issues and build a solution from there. We create long term and short term projects, meeting monthly to develop our initial concepts into tactical fruition

Monthly Collaborative

Interested in helping to ignite, accelerate, and amplify design-driven social change? Join us! RSVP by emailing Design for Good

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This committee is seeking designers with a passion for making a difference when it comes to social issues. The goal of Design for Good is to create a climate of social impact among the design community, to address social and economic conditions locally, and to enhance the understanding of design thinking as a problem-solving tool. As part of national AIGA’s Design for Good initiative, AIGA Minnesota presented its first major program, “Change the World by Design: 5 Ways to Create Social Impact.” More recently, the initiative developed “Talkin’ Trash,” a composting awareness project, and partnered with architects from The Common Table to tell the story of local food systems at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Some of our Past Events

You are creative. You are also passionate about the Twin Cities and its strong culture of civic engagement. Help us showcase design thinking as a tool that can help solve society's most entrenched social problems. [read more…]

Conversations around Social Impact Design You are creative. You are also passionate about the Twin Cities’ vibrant arts community and strong culture of civic engagement. How do you bring this all together? Join Design for Good, an AIGA Minnesota initiative! At this Twin Cities meet-up, local creative-types will be collaborating around ways to harness our love […] [read more…]

You are creative. You are also passionate about the Twin Cities' vibrant arts community and strong culture of civic engagement. How do you bring this all together? Join us to help figure it out. [read more…]

Jun
27
12:00am
2013
Jun
28
12:00am
2013

Learn how to facilitate diverse groups in design-thinking exercises. [read more…]

AIGA Minnesota Design for Good is collaborating again this year with The Common Table to produce the 2016 Minnesota Eats exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. Apply to be a design participant. [read more…]

Aug
21
6:00am
2014
Sep
1
9:00pm
2014

AIGA Minnesota's Design for Good initiative has partnered with architects from The Common Table to tell the story of local food systems in an exhibit at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. [read more…]

Resources

  • CHANGE THE WORLD BY DESIGN: TIM BROWN
  • CREATIVE CONFIDENCE: A BOOK BY TOM KELLEY AND DAVID KELLEY
  • DO GOOD DESIGN: HOW DESIGN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD—DAVID. B. BERMAN
  • SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD—CHIP HEATH & DAN HEATH
  • A WHOLE NEW MIND—DANIEL H. PINK

Contact Leadership

The chair of Design for Good develops and nurtures relationships across a broad range of organizations to promote involvement of designers in social problem solving. This person is responsible for seeking partnerships and collaborations with other organizations for the purposing of broadening our impact as designers.