Designing for the Public Good
Open Hand Studio represents our belief that design has the power to transform organizations, rethink institutions and create a better world. Our communities in which we live and work can derive significant benefits from access to the design professions, and through Open Hand Studio we are dedicated to providing pro bono design services to those who would otherwise lack access to them. Through our integrated approach, we seek opportunities to incorporate these beliefs into every project we undertake, which creates shared value for our people, our communities and our clients.
This clear vision of social sustainability has caused CannonDesign to define Open Hand Studio as a virtual studio, a movement, a dialogue and a call to action. We achieve multiple aims through a three-pronged approach:
- We connect individuals with national and community organizations dedicated to providing design services for the public good.
- We organize outreach activities and events benefiting the communities in which we work.
- We target and assess pro-bono projects for clients that need our service and could not otherwise accomplish the work.
CannonDesign is the first design firm to pledge to A Billion + Change, the leading effort in the United States to organize pro bono and skills-based service on a national scale. We further advance our dedication to public interest design through partnerships on a global and local scale with leading institutions in this arena including Public Architecture and Taproot Foundation.