Grassroots cultural and community organisations often lack resources to communicate their work effectively. ‘We design for the community’ pairs up organisations who need communications support with design students. The students help organisations improve their communications strategy under the guidance of design industry professionals. We believe in a collaborative design process where organisations, designers and students bring expertise, creativity and enthusiasm to develop bespoke solutions together. So that the next blog, leaflet or social media post can help organisations attract new members, reach new users and build stronger partnerships. 

The programme is free to take part and students will receive London Living Wage for their consultancy work with the organisations. 

The first edition of the programme finished in July 2022. Thank you to all organisations and students who have participated. Please watch this space for announcements about future rounds.

We Design for the Community is the result of the collaboration between Marco Ugolini and Axel Feldmann, objectif.co.uk with the Mayor of London's Culture and Community Spaces at Risk programme.


Cultural and community organisations who:

  • Are based in London
  • Operate out of a space (please note that your private accommodation cannot be considered as a space)
  • Contribute to community resilience by amplifying seldom heard voices and increasing community influence in decision-making

Students who are currently enrolled on a design or communications related course (graphic design, photography, illustration, journalism, creative writing and more) and who want to:

  • Work on real life design briefs
  • Actively support London’s grassroots cultural and community organisations
  • Gain experience in a collaborative design approach

Are you a tutor from a design or communications school? Please email us at info@wedesignforthecommunity.org. We are actively looking for collaborators and as many students to get involved in the programme as possible.

Have registered !

Registrations for 2022 are now closed


In the first edition of the programme we received 138 sign ups from organisations and students. 12 organisations and 16 students were shortlisted to be part of the programme in 2022.


In the first edition of the programme, organisations and students registered their interest using a light-touch Expression of Interest form. The Expressions of Interest were reviewed by our project team against a set of criteria

The shortlisted cultural and community organisations received in-depth communications support in a 1:1 session with project consultants. The session was used to assess the existing communications materials, and to define priorities and scope of the design brief. The consultants matched the brief with a design student who worked with the organisation to develop bespoke design solutions

The Summer School was a 1-week design workshop where the students received feedback on their work to date and were able to develop the briefs further with guidance from the project team. At the end of the week the students presented their work to the organisations, who were handed over all usage rights.



‘We design for the community’ is managed and delivered by a team of design and editing professionals:

‘We design for the community’ is supported by the Mayor of London through the Culture and Community Spaces at Risk programme. The Mayor’s Culture and Community Spaces at Risk programme aims to protect at-risk spaces valued by local communities through a blended offer of direct business support, advocacy and training opportunities.


If you have any questions about the programme, please email us at: info@wedesignforthecommunity.org.