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This essential guide provides design educators with a valuable teaching resource and professionals with a set of tools to use in their practice. A chapter on grassroots funding solutions can aid designers as they take on their own projects.

Editorial Reviews

A compact compendium for graphic designers looking to expand their practice with more community-based design projects. —Core77

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

An inspiring collection of projects that prove graphic design isn't all corporate logos and glossy page layouts. —Fast Company

An insightful guidebook and designer's co-pilot containing a compilation of case studies that illustrate project concepts, funding resources, processes, strategies, and outcomes. It is a go-to resource for any designer interested or engaged in community-based work. —The Designer's Review of Books

Reader Reviews

This is a very useful book for a graphic design senior thesis course. I gave our course a theme of Design for Social Change and then used this text as a guide. What I really enjoyed about it is that the projects included are graphic design projects. So often, design for social change case studies concentrate entirely upon product design. —Helen Armstrong (Amazon)

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. G. (Amazon)

Design for Social Change is a fabulous book! Great resource for designers, and educators. Lots of practical information and examples on how to get involved in Social Design. Highly recommend it. 
—cc (Amazon)

'Designing for Social Change' is a must read for all design students, communities and organizations working for a charitable cause. It is THE designers guidebook to successful social change projects. Andrew Shea uses a constructive and practical point of view when approaching this still new and growing area of the design community. He dissects and describes numerous case studies of previous social change projects to then distill their lessons and create the strategies to start your own successful social design project. Two thumbs up. —R Bradbury (Amazon)