Designing for a Community? Start With the Why or Who

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PRINTCast: The PRINT Podcast Studio is a curated collection of cutting-edge podcasts we love about design, creativity, branding, books, and further subjects afield. Soon, we’ll have a dedicated digital listening room. In the meantime, we present Design Museum’s Design is Everywhere, hosted by Sam Aquillano and Liz Pawlak—a “podcast featuring stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world.”

The latest episode: "From the Archive: How Do You Design a Community? Start with the

Why or the Who"

Here’s more from the Design is Everywhere team:

We’re all able to connect through our phones and social media, but humans crave coming together, and yet participation in the classic religious and civic communities has declined over decades. COVID-19 has certainly complicated our ability to gather in person. Community is so important to us at the Design Museum, and like anything, you can be intentional about designing, creating, maintaining, and growing a community. It’s more than simply bringing people together and watching the magic happen, even though that’s definitely part of it!

In this episode, we talk to two community experts. Sara Sigel is a product and community builder who advises and invests in profit-from-purpose companies—she’s an advisor and investor at Rev Boston. And Sascha Mombartz is a multidisciplinary design director and the founder of The Office for Visual Affairs. Sascha and his two other community-loving friends created the Community Canvas, which is a framework that will help you build a community. Plus, we have our weekly dose of good design.