Design can unite, strengthen, empower, identify, propel, support, visualize, restore, our communities.
Our Marion Community
Through our relationships, branding projects, design for positive social impact, sculpture installations, Pop-Up Galleries, and volunteering to help with community events, we foster our role within our community. Marion Design Co. is one of those amazing happenings; a location on the downtown square where our Graphic Design, Photography, and Design for Social Impact majors have been able to use their skills to directly impact the city through revitalization.
Some of the amazing groups and businesses we work with are: Main Street Marion, LarkSong, Community School of the Arts, Community Foundation, Marion Co-Space, the City, College Wesleyan, the Economic Growth Council, and many more.
City of Marion Rebrand
In the summer of 2016, Marion Design Co. created a brand mark and accompanying design concepts based on the values of Marion: common identity, deliberate care, vibrant life, focused action, and tenacious hope, as well as essence words they uncovered after distilling findings: belonging, foundation, discovery, understand, converge, and resourceful. They utilized their experiences of walking around the historical downtown and touring tall buildings which told stories of their own. They collaborated to illustrate their experiences, and as a result, the letter M, found in the Jeffersonian grid of the heart of Marion, blossomed.
We are Community-based Design
Community-based design is a social design method that enables social service providers, organizers, designers and evaluators to serve specific communities in their own environment. This design approach depends on the participatory approach of community development often associated with community-based social work, and is often employed by community organizations. From this approach, designers assess the needs and resources existing within a community, and, involving community stakeholders in the process, attempt to create a sustainable and equitable solution to address the community's needs.