New Reading: Designing for Social Change

Andrew Shea, a graphic designer and writer based in NYC has just come out with a book entitled Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design. He currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

In the book, he “presents ten proven strategies for working effectively with community organizations. These strategies can frame the design challenge and create a checklist to keep a project on track. Twenty case studies illustrate how design professionals and students approach unique challenges when working on a social agenda.”

According to the back cover, “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.”

 There are many contributors to the project – some of which are based in NYC. Our hometown contributors include Design Trust for Public Space, Center for Urban Pedagogy, FEAST, and The Canary Project, as well as many other great organizations headquartered throughout the United States.

Designing for Social Change can be purchased from its publisher, the Princeton Architectural Press, as well as all major booksellers.

For more information, check out the official page for the book, or contact Andrew himself at


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