This is a great example of how using design in a school can have a wider impact on the community. Project H has not only redesigned school spaces in a small rural American town, it has also developed a design education programme where the students collectively build useful projects for their community – one a year. This year they are going to build a farmer’s market, then a bus shelter next year, then home improvements for the elderly in the third year.
Perhaps projects such as Enabling Technology could be brought to life through working with schools in the same way?
House of Illustration are teaching literacy through illustration. What a great idea.
‘PICTURE IT: Inspiration through Illustration is the House of Illustration’s pioneering education programme championing creative approaches to literacy. Professional illustrators work with pupils and teachers on individually-developed practical illustration projects that provide a creative approach to literacy and other topics across the curriculum.
Confidence in literacy underpins confidence in learning in all subjects. Illustration is an ideal medium for developing communication, reading and writing skills, alongside imagination, creativity and art expertise. Children taking part in our projects develop self-expression, increase their ability to communicate ideas, stories and facts and feel a great sense of pride in their professional results.’
Now that’s designers rethinking an issue previously not considered relevant to us. Go designers!