To provide support for the programs and projects of the Marion Design Co.
Marion Design Co. is a Community-based Creative Studio run by volunteer and professional designers. With a belief rooted in the power of design, our main purpose is to create solutions that propel and empower the people of Marion. We are a team prepared to take on urban renewal and revitalization, community branding, and identity development. We are collaborators, citizens, and neighbors who desire authentic relationships with the community of Marion and by working together, reveal the true identity of our amazing city.
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.
A huge part of the passion that fuels this project is in education. Beginning at the minds of educators, Marion Design Co. has been crafted and geared toward selecting students and community members eager to learn outside the classroom. In joining to solve real issues, a more interactive and purposeful learning emerges for those seeking a high-quality design education. Rather than speaking in hypotheticals within the controlled classroom, this method inhabits a space near the core, and surrounded by the peoples in which we are designing for while working carefully to solve design issues in real time.
What lies within a story? We have found that hearing stories from each and every person not only allows us to become closer to one another and form long-lasting bonds and relationships, but also gives us time to slow down, to hear one another, and for once, be able to understand history as it was lived, or how it could be lived. Stories give us glimpses into places we miss in the dryness of data-driven research and pages covered in statistics. Since our first day, we have asked the Marion community to join us in storytelling and the sharing of feelings and ideas pertaining to our community.
What does Marion mean to you?
What is your history with Marion?
What would you like to see happen, change, become of Marion?
If you are like us and are passionate about this amazing community, please share your words, your mind, and your heart with us and we will do the same.
Marion Design Co. is 100% funded by volunteer work. Although we are resourceful there are many needs to make this project thrive. From post-it notes and basic office supplies to helping our student designers continue to eat, we need your support to help make this project continue. Without grants and financial backing, each and every penny we spend is out of our own pockets. Together with your gracious support, we can reveal the true identity of our amazing city!
Marion Design Company