Design for Good

I've been absent from the blog for awhile now, mainly because it feel a bit trite in light of what's currently happening in our country. I'm stunned that as a nation of immigrants, we are electing to turn away those who need sanctuary the most. I don't understand how we can watch Syrian children suffering on television and turn our backs. It feels like a truly low point in the history of our democracy and it's painful to watch.

I keep asking myself, how can we use design for good, to make the world a better, more equitable place to live? How can we offer compassion and refuge to those who need it most? How do we heal a divided country? Big questions without any easy answers. I feel torn by the magnitude of the situation and my own personal ability (perceived or otherwise) to do very little about it to make a difference. 

Can we view this situation as a design challenge, where we can use design to enact social good? Or is this a purely political issue? I know how to navigate design challenges, but I feel clueless when it comes to politics. 

In thinking about how to bring about more good in the world, I keep coming back to what I know to be true about design:

  1. We're all in this together.
  2. Design is for everyone.
  3. Stop complaining, Do something.
  4. Karma is real. 
  5. Design matters.

View the full playground manifesto here.

San Diego refugees—call us. We'll help in whatever way we can.