Participatory Graphic Design

Participatory graphic design is sometimes allied with the “design for good” movement, and is an approach to using problem-solving and design thinking towards social change.


To illustrate and provide examples of selected participatory research and design methods in action, faculty from Art, Digital Media, and Sociology/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) created assignments for their classes in Graphic Design, Research Methods, and GIS that focus on participatory research and design approaches.

In GRAPHIC DESIGN, GRA 3202C: Type and Design, Joo Kim created a class assignment in which students worked with traditional artists to collaboratively design a book about fabric arts that they can use to promote knowledge about and appreciation for their work. Students conducted research, created sketches, and used photo editing, art creation, and page design and layout software to create a 24-page book that integrates visual symbols from the work of traditional artists into the design.

Below are some images from projects produced in Dr. Kim’s class: