Launched in 2016, DesignFix is an annual programme which brings together expert think-tanks, design colleges and designers at Frontend.com to develop human-centred design solutions to some of the greatest societal challenges facing the world.
Last year we worked with the United Nations’ migration agency, IOM, to conceptualise the award-winning 'Future Vision for Migrant Healthcare'.
This past year, our team, just like many others around the world, has become increasingly concerned about the growing public disillusionment with Government. Recently this has manifested itself through the rise of Brexit, Trump and Le Pen. Public faith is the bedrock of our democracies, however, we are seeing trust in government evaporate in western societies. Unchanged, we fear that the disconnect between people and their public institutions will continue to grow to the detriment of us all.
DesignFix 2017 is all about reimagining how citizens communicate with their elected officials in the 21st century.
- Late last year, we asked our academic partners (University of Limerick, NCAD and IADT Dun Laoghaire) to have their design masters students investigate the root causes of this trend
- Concurrently, we worked with policy designers and think-tanks across the western world to understand the potential impact and current thinking on the topic to arrive at a design challenge which we could act upon.
- In early June, we held a week-long design sprint with students at our Dublin studio where we posed the question: “How Might We reshape how citizens engage with their democratic systems to return faith in, and ownership of, their public institutions?”.
- Throughout the Summer, we will be engaging with experts, think-tanks and stakeholders from around the world. This is a collection of civic minded bodies and companies who genuinely aim to be the change they want to see in the world.
Got a challenge or an idea for next year? Or, If you think you might be able to contribute to our thinking on this year's subject matter, want to know more, or want to get in contact for any reason, we welcome your input: