Interested in learning more about how folks practice public interest design? Check out some of these publications!
IDEO, an international design firm, and its nonprofit branch IDEO.org, practice something they call human centered design, an approach that has designers develop solutions to problems through a deep understanding of their client and the clients needs. The Field Guide to Human Centered Design by IDEO.org outlines methods and case studies for practicing human centered design through its three phases - Inspiration, Ideation, and Implementation.
Knowing how and where to start with citizen engagement can be tricky. The Social Design Field Guide describes the tools, process, and outcomes of Firm Foundations efforts to engage citizens of Sungai Jingah, Indonesia, in developing designs for neighborhood improvement.
Released in 2013, Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice is a research paper that investigates successful methods and models of public interest design. This comprehensive study is a great resource for anyone considering starting a public interest design initiative.
Interested in learning more about different organizations doing public interest design? Check out some of these links to the websites of awesome people doing awesome work!
Association for Community Design, a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions committed to increasing the capacity of planning and design professions to better serve communities.