Designs for Dignity
So much of interior design caters to those with robust checkbooks, but here’s an organization putting design expertise where it’s needed most. Designs for Dignity, a Chicago-based group and affiliate of the Heartland Alliance, seeks to "heal through design." As a network of donors, designers, and architects, Designs for Dignity redesigns nonprofit offices and spaces that serve basic needs, bringing design sensibility and a sense of home to under-represented places.
I post this for obvious reasons- we as designers can get so caught up in the aesthetic and the business and the clients who write us big checks, but at our core, we designers are merely problem solvers. Let’s apply some of our problem solving skills in places that need the assistance of thoughtful design solutions.
Designs for Dignity has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Vincent DePaul, and more, and has redesigned spaces for Chicago’s Lakeview Food Pantry, Heartland Alliance’s Sutherland Ballroom (above), La Casa (Lake County Counsel Against Sexual Assault), and may others.