Design Partnerships

NEA Series on Design


At the heart of this book is a conviction that design innovation is inseparable from social engagement, and thus from public service. Design professionals have a responsibility to understand and respond to a larger public good. As part of the NEA Series on Design, this publication documents and describes varied instances of such positive design practices, specifically in the provision of high quality, university-based design services to underserved local communities. It also suggests a framework for sustaining and encouraging such work.


Maps show the distribution of university-community design partnerships across the country to provide funders and practitioners with an understanding of regional opportunities for investment and collaboration.
Each of the nine programs profiled in the book was described in detail, together with visual documentation of recently completed projects.