Mayors' Institute on City Design

How designers can help respond to COVID-19


In an opinion piece published this week at Common Edge, MICD Executive Director Trinity Simons writes about the ways the design community can strategize and plug into COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

“Where can designers be most effective? How do we put our skills to use in the right context, at the right time?

Cities have more volunteers than they know what to do with, but simply raising your hand doesn’t have much value when people are in a crisis mode. Designers must think about the specific skills they have and map them to the mission at hand. The handful of examples listed below are not meant to be comprehensive, merely to demonstrate areas where people, firms, and organizations have spotted specific opportunities that match their existing expertise and relationships where they can pitch in, either immediately or in the near future.”

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