First Things Next

We propose a reversal of priorities in favour of more useful, lasting and democratic forms of communication — a mindshift away from product marketing and toward the exploration and production of a new kind of meaning. 

— From the Design Manifesto First Things First 2000.

An incomplete and diverse list of “socially engaged designers” was recently published by Kevin Lo of LOKI Design within the frame of this manifesto. An inspiring document to be sure. And the list of designers and studios put together here is certainly impressive. Barnbook Design. Hyperakt. Justseeds. Firebelly. Just to name a few. I’m even included on this list. All in one place, this incomplete list of varied approaches to social change through design is something to bookmark and come back to.