Grassroots cultural and community organisations often lack resources to showcase and communicate their work. ‘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 second edition of the programme finished in June 2023. 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 recent graduates or currently enrolled on a design or communications related course (graphic design, photography, illustration, journalism, creative writing and more) in the UK, 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 !

Applications for 2023 are now closed


We received a total of 108 sign ups from organisations and students, and have run the programme with 12 organisations and 16 students. We are currently updating the website to showcase the work.


In the first and second editions 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 Schools were a 1-week design workshop where the students received feedback on their work 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.


“This programme and the experience that it provided was something I have been craving since I started my MA in Graphic design. Not only did it provide me with the opportunity to work for an actual NGO, but it also provided us with a studio environment to work in.”

Participating student

“[Participating in the programme] enables our organisation to revamp our website and by doing so – our online profile significantly, this was something that we did not have the resources to do and via this programme we were able to get it done to a great standard.”

Participating organisation

“The opportunity to work with a live client in a collaborative and open process through conversational dialogue has enabled me to think very differently about the way I work, to try to understand the core ethos of any future organisation that I work with, and to maintain that dialogue and conversational practice throughout the design process.”

Participating student

“We have met someone who has advised us the needs of our organisation as well as introduced us to someone with the capacity to work with us.”

Participating organisation

“[Our organisation was given]
a professional website which is of interest to corporate or grant funders … whilst still maintaining our identity.”

Participating organisation


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