ADVISORS

John Paul Kusz, Founder of Center for Sustainable Enterprise


Stephen Melamed, Tres Design & The University of IL, Chicago

Carl Boyd, Normal Stuff LLC & Make 4A Living


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ORGANIZERS

Current:
Wendy Uhlman > Bio


Past:
Siobhan Gregory > Bio

Janalyn Hubbell > Bio



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Design Makes Change is a group of designers, artists and educators who utilize design thinking,
co-creation and community intervention to address environmental, social, and infrastructural issues
for change.
We partner with organizations, community leaders, businesses and educational bodies on varied projects including design challenges, research, innovation, workshops and exhibitions.

We see local issues as a mirror to many issues prevalent in all American cities and around the world: our industries that support us also hurt our air, water, and soil; issues of gang violence and inadequate food access prevent many of our neighborhoods from thriving; public schools suffer from inadequate funding and consolidation. We see countless opportunities for positive change.

We seek to encourage local designers to understand the challenges in their city and invest through design implementation. Through our design challenges and project support, we strive to create a platform for design that is hyper-local and focuses on a different neighborhood issue each year through a multi-disciplinary focus from the fields of industrial design, graphic design, environmental/space design, interior architecture, and architecture.