Website Creates Hub for Public Interest Design
Public interest design professionals are dedicated to collaborative, community-based design that can catalyze positive change for the good of society. Examples of public interest design include small local interventions such as water collection and reuse, working with community members to develop infrastructure using local materials, and the role of design in disaster prevention, mitigation and sustainable recovery.
PublicInterestDesign.org is a blog aimed at improving communication and collaboration between stakeholders. Aspiring to raise awareness and invite participation in design for the public good, so it becomes the norm rather than the exception for the design sector, the site was expanded and updated with Fetzer support.
John Cary, the site’s founder and editor, called the blog “an online communications platform for this field at the intersection of design and social change, where we see love, forgiveness, and compassion manifesting in beautiful and remarkable ways.”
“The site has proven influential,” Cary added. “In a very short time, publicinterestdesign.org has become the go-to site for information and inspiration in the field,” he said. “It frequently influences the content of larger media outlets, like the TED Blog and GOOD Magazine, and serves as a leadership pipeline for a new generation of designers just learning about this exploding field as well as seasoned practitioners reconnecting with the reasons they got into the field in the first place.”
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Design Professions.