Tag Archives: designing change


Russian Law Sparks Outcry

Talk surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been abnormally heated. See how illustrators are responding to a Russian bill that’s viewed by many as discriminatory.


Design Activists, Teens Build Farmer’s Market

At HOW, design activism projects are near and dear to our hearts. From the Designing Change column that appears regularly in the printed magazine to the abundance of design for social innovation projects mentioned on the blog (here and here to name a few), we’re always on the lookout for a good story about...


Sam Barclay Typography Book Tackles Dyslexia

When designers dedicate themselves to raising awareness to important issues or causes, the results can be extraordinary. Take, for instance, the Sam Barclay typography book, I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic. In this typographic tour de force, Barclay uses different letter treatments to explain what it’s like to have difficulties reading. The...


Sexy Product Design: Lovability Condoms

After a traumatic tampon-buying experience that involved an “orange-picking claw” and a store-wide audience, Tiffany Gaines was inspired to revamp another product many people need but hate to buy. Enter Gaines’ sexy product design for the Lovability Condoms. As a School of Visual Arts MFA Design for Social Innovation student, Gaines thought to change...


Inside Out Project by French Artist JR

French artist JR is making quite a name for himself in the realm of “pervasive art” meets design for good. You may recognize JR as the winner of the 2011 TED prize for the Inside Out Project, which involves postering a community with black-and-white portraits of its residents. Dubbed “the people’s art project,” Inside...


CoSign Cincy Leverages Design to Enhance Neighborhoods

Eleven business owners in a Cincinnati neighborhood unveil new signage, thanks to CoSign Cincy. The venture, chiefly funded by a grant opportunity, pairs artists, local business owners and professional fabricators to design and install new signage with a goal to help transform neighborhoods into commerce destinations.


Alfalfa Studio Designs Mural for Good Cause

Catherine St. Respite Center in Lower Manhattan desperately needed some sprucing up. As a shelter for disenfranchised children and adults, many of the residents stay at the shelter for extended periods of time. With this in mind, See ChangeNYC and the New York City Department of Design and Construction approached Alfalfa Studio about creating...