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Reader Reviews

"This book covers the intersection between community activism and design (focused on graphic design), told through clear, easy-to-read analysis of fascinating and inspiring case studies. It is also beautifully designed, no surprise.

The concise chapter on how to find funding for public interest design is particularly insightful, offering up some practical ideas for how designers can rethink their place in the economy, contribute to projects effecting social change, and still be business savvy."

M. Goldman, April 24, 2012

Fast Company's Review


"The new book Designing for Social Change is an inspiring collection of projects that prove graphic design isn't all corporate logos and glossy page layouts."
Fast Company, World-Changing Brand Design That Works: 5 Case Studies

"Designers who want their work to improve their community and create social impact will benefit from reading the case studies in Designing for Social Change.... Written for creatives, teachers, and organizations, author Andrew Shea also addresses project-funding ideas in this colorful and concise guide."
Communication Arts, Book Review: Designing for Social Change'

"A compact compendium for graphic designers looking to expand their practice with more community-based design projects."

Core77, GOOD Maker Challenge wants YOU!

"Each case illustrates the design process from beginning to end, from the design challenge to the engagement and design strategy to outcomes and lessons learned. While clear and striking images of designed booklets, posters and signs abound, photos of communities interacting with and using these products is given priority. As such, this reads as a handbook for action that appeals specifically to graphic designers seeking to engage communities through their work. However, the strategies are broadly applicable to any designer looking to fully inform his or her product with a well-conceived and context-sensitive process."
Polis, 'Designing for Social Change'

"Whether it be dubbed pro-bono work, social design or design for the greater good, Andrew Shea's latest composition is a compact, hands-on primer for graphic designer who want to use their unique skills to help others. The book presents 10 methods upon which the inspired designer can begin changing the world one graphic at at time."
HOW Magazine, 'For the Greater Good'

Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions

Related Essays

Designing for Social Change, by William Drenntel for Design Observer
"Designing for Social Change should be the guidebook of a youthful, nascent movement, one that is changing the definition and the role of design. As a designer, this is an exciting place to start."

Designing for Social Change: Stumbles to Strategies
, for AIGA
"How can graphic designers help people who have a rare genetic disorder? I had no clue how to approach this question four years ago when I started to work on a project with NF Mid-Atlantic, an inspiring organization that supports people who have neurofibromatosis (NF). NF is a progressive disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve endings throughout the body. Anyone can be born with it, regardless of gender or race, and it affects 1 in every 3,000 people."

Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
, for Change Observer
"Many designers and educators are dubious of the recent surge of design altruism, noting that they rarely see evidence of social impact projects that lead to real behavior change. While it is well documented that public awareness campaigns generally work for actions that people perform infrequently, like donating to a disaster, it is much harder to change habitual actions in a meaningful way. Since daily habits are profoundly shaped by our environment, perhaps designers must disrupt the environment itself to change behaviors?"