About us: Design Makes Change is a volunteer group of designers, artists, and educators living and working in Chicago. Our mission is to partner with organizations, community leaders, businesses, and educational bodies to organize and support a series of annual design competitions that address environmental, social, and infrastructural issues in Chicago.
Our mission is to encourage local designers from multiple disciplines to understand the challenges in their city and invest through design implementation to help build cleaner, safer, and better neighborhoods in Chicago and beyond.
2011 The Air We Breathe; The Chicago Clean Air Design Challenge was a regional design competition focusing on clean air in Chicago. As a critical environmental concern of the moment we wanted to see what designers could do about it.