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Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth and Bryan Bell, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (Routledge 2016) is the first book to demonstrate that public interest design has emerged as a profession. It provides clear professional standards of practice following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, the first step-by-step process supporting public interest designers. The book features an Issues Index composed of ninety critical social, economic, and environmental issues, illustrated with thirty case study projects representing eighteen countries and four continents, all cross-referenced, to show you how every human issue is a design issue.

Contributions from Thomas Fisher, Heather Fleming and David Kaisel, Michael Cohen, Michael P. Murphy Jr., Alan Ricks and Annie Moulton, and over twenty others cover topics such as professional responsibility, public interest design business development, design evaluation, and capacity building through scaling, along with many more. Themes including public participation, issue-based design, and assessment are referenced throughout the book and provide benchmarks toward an informed practice. This comprehensive manual also contains a glossary, an appendix of engagement methods, a case study locator atlas, and a reading list. Whether you are working in the field of architecture, urban planning, industrial design, landscape architecture, or communication design, this book empowers you to create community-centered environments, products, and systems.

Paperback: 978-1-13-881035-8

July 8, 2015 Press Release: Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook

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Six international projects were selected for award winning recognition at the Structures for Inclusion 2015 conference hosted by Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, Michigan. The SEED Awards acknowledge design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact while representing the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world.

2015 Award Winning Projects

El Guadual Early Youth Development Center – Villa Rica, Cauca, Colombia
Lakota Nation Building at the Keya Wakpala Development – Mission, South Dakota, USA
Urban Park and Institute Site – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A jam manufactory for NAXII  – San Jeronimo Tecoatl, Oaxaca, Mexico
Studio H Collaborative Research Project – California, USA
Rwinkwavu Operating Rooms and Neonatal ICU – Kayonza District, Eastern Province, Rwanda

2015 Honorable Mentions

Tagal Hut – Sabah, Malaysia
Project RE_ – Pennsylvania, USA
Atzompa pottery tradition: challenges and opportunity

Walk [Your City] – North Carolina, USA


April 11 + 12, 2015: Structures for Inclusion Conference

January 1, 2015

The fifteenth annual Structures for Inclusion (SFI) Conference will be held April 11 and 12, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan, and will be hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The conference will feature the best public interest design from around the globe, including the 2015 SEED Award winners. Fifth Annual 2015 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest […]

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“Designing for the Public and You” Article

June 24, 2013

MSU Denver Communication Design student Rachael Stamps featured in Architect Magazine.

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July 20, 2012: VSA Colorado/Access Gallery—Seeds of Friendship

July 18, 2012

Premiering on July 20th, 2012 is “Seeds of Friendship” a short film created by VSA Colorado / Access Gallery artworks artists and Communication Design students and faculty from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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December 2011: Blind Spot Campaign: Advocate for Access

January 11, 2012

The Blind Spot campaign combines efforts of Communication Design students at Metro State and participants from Colorado Center for the Blind. Photo (above): Jessica Kanzenbach.

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2011 Classes

October 13, 2010

Spring 2011 ARTH 3690: History of Communication Design Course syllabi, lectures and assignments will be posted here once the semester begins!

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