The Social Good Guides are a series of 20 essential small-business guides created to support early stage social entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders and individuals working on social impact projects. The goal of the guides is to centralize knowledge and equip changemakers with the information needed to achieve success during the startup phase of their venture building. Each guide has been authored by a distinguished professional with sector expertise in the social impact space; Worldstudio’s Mark Randall has contributed with an article, “Why Great Design Matters.” The topics range from legal to branding to funding to operations. Three years in the making, this project has been produced by the Social Innovators Collective.
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Design Ignites Change, Worldstudio, and AIGA are pleased to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award, Francis Carter (below) and his Corbin Hill Food Project. In his winning application, which carries a $10,000 prize, Carter proposes the expansion of CHFP, which aims to supply fresh vegetables and fruit where they are needed most, working with farmers from upstate New York and community groups in New York City to deliver fresh, local produce to Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx.
Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
This year marks a special milestone for the program—$1 million in scholarships have been awarded to date following a successful fundraising campaign. Founded in 1995, the program has now awarded tuition grants to 668 students studying fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography in the United States.
To promote the AIGA Centennial in 2014, Worldstudio conceived “Celebrating AIGA 1914 – 2014.” Leading designers from across the United States were asked to select one year from the 10 decades of AIGA’s history and make a social, political or cultural statement about that year to help commemorate this milestone for the country’s largest professional design organization.
This collection of 101 designs by AIGA Medalists, Fellows and national and chapter presidents provides a remarkable visual overview of the history of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The richness and variety of these annual snapshots in words, images, symbols, marks and photographs is a testament to the talent and vision that can be found in the ranks of the over 26,000 AIGA members.
The 2013–2014 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship jurors met in May 2013 and reviewed more than 300 applications from students attending art and design programs at colleges and universities across the country. $36,000 was awarded through sixteen scholarships and two honorable mentions to an outstanding group of applicants in five categories (graphic design, fine art, photography, motion graphics, and illustration). This was made possible by the generous support of sponsors including the AIGA DC Continuum Fund Scholarship, AIGA-Tomoko Miho Fund Scholarship, Coyne Family Foundation, the Young Photographer’s Alliance and an anonymous donor.
GOOD magazine recently published a glossary on social design which includes mentions of two Worldstudio initiatives, Design Ignites Change and the School of Visual Arts summer program, Impact! along with Worldstudio principal, Mark Randall.
For over 15 years, Worldstudio has collaborated with choreographer Sean Curran and the Sean Curran Company. Recently, Worldstudio principal Mark Randall designed projections for an evening length work created by Curran in collaboration with the world-renowned a capella group The King’s Singers.
An online series hosted by Worldstudio principal Mark Randall, in conversation with business leaders, creative professionals and influencers working in the area of social change. Click here to learn more ».
Mark Randall, principal of Worldstudio, was recently profiled in an article on Fast Company’s Co.Exist. This article is part of Catchafire and Co.Exist’s Generosity series, as Mark was named one of the 11 Most Generous Designers. Read the article »