Connecting designers with non-profits and grassroots organizations to support their missions with pro bono design work.
Designers Available is a response to an urgent need to call our skills to action as a creative community. This project is intended to connect designers interested in contributing their skills in support of non-profits and community organizations actively facilitating social change through direct service, arts and culture, and grassroots politics and activism.
Designers Available is a project initiated in November 2016 by Joelle Riffle, an independent designer based in New York. She works full-time at an art and design college access program and runs an online visual journal called aslittlefear.co. The Designers Available network is made up of almost 200 designers and other creatives around the world. Contact info (at) designersavailable.com.
A new model for pro bono design.
In 2019, Designers Available will move to a member-supported model that would allow for designers from underrepresented backgrounds working on projects with non-profits to get paid for their work at no cost to the organization. In addition to a regular offering of pro-bono projects open to the whole community, we will implement quarterly project cycles, accepting applications from both organizations and designers, in which we’ll facilitate 2-3 larger projects per cycle and offer a stipend to designers.
What we've done so far.
Take a look at some projects from previous Designers Available collaborations.
The Human Trafficking Clemency Initiative (HTCI) is a pro bono representation project, made up of volunteer attorneys, legal advocates, and law school clinics, formed to assist survivors of human trafficking convicted of sex trafficking, and other related offenses, in the federal criminal system. Branding designed by Guillermo Torres.
Through partnerships with social service organizations and city agencies, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. Poster designed by Boyeon Choi.