We believe in authentic relationships
and in Marion.
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.
We are community-based design.
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.
We educate through Service Design putting people first (always).
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.
To revive, empower, and propel community forward by creating sustainable design solutions developed through education and collaboration with local students and community.
WE ALSO BELIEVE:
Design can help achieve a way for every person to have a thriving life.
Design is a process.
Design can change and impact the immediate and larger world. It can sustain and propel us into positive transformation.
Design is problem solving.
Design can unite, strengthen, empower, identify, propel, support, visualize, restore, our communities.
Design is relational.
Design can shift perceptions and change our view points to see one another worthy and empathetically.
Design should be available, accessible, and open for everyone. Yes, Everyone!
Senior Executive Staff.
The team at Marion Design Co. combines years of high quality design and teaching experience under one roof. From social impact design, place and space design, branding and identity development, ui/ux, web and interactive design, to video and photography, our Mid-Western work ethic and our social impact backbone drives our passions to serve Marion.
2017 Creative Interns.
Never before has there been a time to establish a new Renaissance table. It's time to move past an old model of one way thinking and move into celebrating the amazing gifts, talents, and ideas, of others who can add new insights to old issues. Thats why we depend on so many amazing individuals to fuel the greatness that lies in our work.
Contribute and help sustain.
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!