C-SED recognizes design teams that demonstrate substantial attention to social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts in their design process and presentation with the Socially Engaged Design Awards. Any student project team participating in Design Expo is eligible to enter their project for consideration.
Projects and presentations are evaluated on their attention to the broader context of design, engagement with and incorporation of stakeholder expertise, application of qualitative research methods, use of respectful and co-creative language, and product quality. (criteria subject to change)
|Context: Consideration of the broader context of design (social, cultural, economic, environmental), including how the design interacts with context from materials selection through implementation and adoption through disposal and/or project sunsetting.|
|Stakeholder/Community Engagement: Direct and indirect engagement with stakeholders and/or community for information gathering and design. Incorporation of knowledge, skills, ideas, and perspectives of stakeholders/community.|
|Methods: Application of socially engaged design methods, including qualitative research methods (i.e. interviews, focus groups, observations) and use of prototyping to garner feedback.|
|Language: Use of respectful and co-creative language about stakeholders/users, needs, and design solutions.|
|Quality: Technical soundness of product, likelihood to address the need, consideration of user requirements & engineering specifications.|
Teams seeking to incorporate a socially engaged design approach into their project work are strongly encouraged to meet with C-SED consultants in one or more 20-minute appointments throughout the semester and train in front-end design and other relevant skills using the Socially Engaged Design Academy and Deep Dives.
Check out past SED Award winners here: