Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design – Next City

Community Engaged Design in America

Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

Center for Urban Pedagogy (Cup) and the Equity Collective
Ping Zhu

Following the adventures of fictional designers Dick and Rick, this booklet of colorful, tongue-in-cheek illustrations asserts the fundamental importance of process in community engaged design. Its creators are responding to the fact that despite the growing interest and awareness in community engaged design, “much of the emphasis is on design rather than on the communities impacted by the work.” The tale of Dick and Rick offers important lessons about timing, budgetary control, dialogue, and skills building—critical factors that can make or break designers’ well-intentioned efforts to help communities.

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Organizations Referenced

University of Virginia, Austin Community Design & Development Center, Enterprise Community Partners, Rose Center for Public Leadership

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