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TTK: Good Design For The Common Good  

TTKs are Sky Blue Window's 'Things to Know,' events, ideas and cultural creations that we think are worthy of your time and attention.

Using design skills for improving the world is not a new idea, but it is one that is gaining traction in both the social innovation sector and among designers. From overlapping FastCo's Exist articles to AIGA's Design for Good "movement," graphic artists, sustainability experts and industrial designers increasingly collaborate on solutions to critical social issues including education, employment, hunger and transportation.

Designs can effect everything from sanitation to cooking, as seen in this Design Impact project. - DESIGN IMPACT
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  • Designs can effect everything from sanitation to cooking, as seen in this Design Impact project.

Design Impact's co-founders Ramsey Ford and Kate Hanisian employ social enterprise and innovative approaches to improve local community needs from Ohio to India. Their process, Embedded Design, puts local ideas and needs at the center of the design process. Thursday, Feb. 20, they visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art to talk about their approach and its implementation, including a fellowship program that connects designers with international sites. And, instead of bringing in "expert ideas," Design Impact seeks to use relationships and an open, collaborative approach to find effective solutions tailored to local assets and needs.

So, whether you're intrigued by design innovation, international needs, relationship building or just motivated people working hard on difficult challenges, this iteration of the IMA's Design Arts Society-supported "What Is Good Design?" series is a must-see.

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Kirsten has written for a number of online outlets, a handful of nonprofits and a mighty little food truck. She was raised by a writer-photographer-editor and an engineer, both lovers of museums and books. In her spare time, she dances to vinyl records with her husband, son and two cats.

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