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One of the ways we work with the community is via partnerships with companies, civic entities, and community organizations. Our approach to these partnerships is one of collaboration and co-creation. Get involved with the Design Lab; contact us to partner, become a Designer-in-Residence, attend an event like Design@Large, or join Design Co and Design for America student groups.


HOME 2024 is a binational initiative seeking a World Design Capital (WDC) designation for San Diego-Tijuana for 2024 and gaining recognition for the cross-border region as a design-driven, innovation economy. Centered on the theme of HOME, a community-led team aims to mobilize human-centered design as a way to transform the region and improve quality of life.

This multi-year effort is led by a team of designers, innovators, and civic leaders on both sides of the US-Mexico border. The initiative is spearheaded by the Design Forward Alliance, UC San Diego Design Lab, the Burnham Center for Community Advancement and with full support of both governments, including the cities of San Diego and Tijuana. Countless organizations, businesses, and volunteers on both sides of the border have been instrumental in the collaborative effort. For a full list of partners and supporters, please visit the HOME 2024 website.

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In these times of critical conversations about civic and social justice, equity and inclusion, the Design Lab is sponsoring a series on Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses (PPER).  Our current focus is on anti-racism, specifically as it pertains to our black communities.

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The Designer-in-Residence program (DiR) provides practitioners and leaders in industry, government, community and design an opportunity to work in the Design Lab’s interdisciplinary setting at the intersection of education, research, and application.

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The Norman Design Fund provides small, rapid allocations of funds to support student activities in human-centered design (HCD). The goal of the fund is to enhance and encourage human-centered design work by UC San Diego students.

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Collaborative is a community of academic, industry, and civic leaders focused on joint thought leadership and mutually advantageous research opportunities.
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Human-centered design has the power and potential to drive San Diego’s economy, industry, civic infrastructure, and quality of life.

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Collaborating with the Design Forward Alliance to host a large-scale human-centered design challenge around the complex civic issue of Mobility.

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Partnering with academic, civic, and industry leaders to re-design the Southern California and San Diego regions.

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Student-led groups of designers focused on UX design, research, and design thinking: Design for America, Design Co, re:make@UCSD, Fi, TripleC.

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