Designers Available

Connecting designers with non-profits and grassroots organizations to support their missions with pro bono design work.

Designers Available connects 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 as a communications and brand manager at a youth writing non-profit 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.

Designers, sign up to get on the member list. 

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.

See more here.

Set up a monthly donation.

Your donation goes directly to supporting designers from underrepresented backgrounds to collaborate with non-profits at no cost to the organization.

Donate one time.

Anything you can contribute is helpful and appreciated. We are aiming to compensate designers equitably for their time.

Sign up for the newsletter.

Designers Available will continue to support ad-hoc pro bono design projects, shared with the network via monthly newsletter and available to any designer.

What we've done so far.

Take a look at some projects from previous Designers Available collaborations.

Swirl is a multiracial community committed to initiating and sustaining cross-racial, cross-cultural dialogue. Branding designed by Youngshim Gontijo.

 

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.

 

The Parole Preparation Project collaborates with and advocates for parole-eligible people serving life sentences in New York State prisons. Branding designed by Joelle Riffle.

 

Thank you to our supporters.

These folks are keeping this moving forward. We hope that you will consider making a one-time donation or setting up a recurring donation to support the move towards providing an equitable honorarium to designers.

Project Partners
Jennifer R., Rich P., Josh O-R.

Match Member
Scott M., Katie W., Lindsay L.,James G., David B.

Sustaining Member
Lydia W., Elizabeth G., Melissa, Shannon O., Brenna P., Sabrina H., Kendra D., Alayna C.

 

 

 

Designers Available

Connecting designers with non-profits and grassroots organizations to support their missions with pro bono design work.