Design Assign Pairs Creatives with Non-Profits

Working in the non-profit sector, we all know that balancing a budget can be a difficult task, and marketing is often an area where organizations are stretched. Even if you’re not a communications professional, you might be called upon to whip up a program flyer or  beg a friend to design your gala invite. AIGA Iowa’s Design Assign to the rescue!


Design Assign is part of the national AIGA Design for Good initiative. Design Assign volunteers work pro-bono to create projects that leave meaningful impact on non-profitorganizations.The program may be just what your non-profit needs to revamp a logo, create a new brochure or redesign a website.

Now in its fourth year, Design Assign pairs non-profits in the greater Des Moines area with local designers, web developers, photographers, writers and other creative professionals. Non-profits submit project requests, and creative professionals are assigned to a project. Once non-profits and creatives have been paired up in teams, a kick-off workshop is held. Teams meet in person and discuss the project, which they then work on through the summer to complete. Design Assign concludes with a gala presentation of all the projects in October.

Since 2012, more than 30 local non-profits have participated in Design Assign. Here are some examples of projects completed in previous Design Assign events:

Wine_and_Chocolate_Festival.jpg• Rebranding for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Wine & Chocolate Festival
• Promotional brochures for Central Iowa Shelter & Services
• Redesigned brochure and graphics for Youth Emergency Services Shelter (YESS)
• Infographic design for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Check out some awesome examples of past work on the AIGA Design Assign Website.

Timeline: Now through April 12, 2015, submit a project request as a nonprofit for Design Assign! For more information project submissions and guidelines, visit

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