A Food Shelf

CAPI, a direct human-services nonprofit in South Minneapolis, collaborated with AIGA Minnesota Design for Good to assess how to better serve its food shelf participants. Sandy Wolfe Wood, as Associate Director of AIGA Minnesota Design for Good, oversaw the project and the relationship with CAPI, hiring a design team that included a design strategist, an assistant designer, and a public policy intern. This team worked from an on-site office at CAPI's headquarters during the summer of 2013.

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An Activist Dashboard

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), based at the University of Minnesota, extended a challenge to find digital solutions that elevate citizen interaction with their government. Two design strategists, Sandy Wolfe Wood and Ange Wang, collaborated with the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED), an environmental justice nonprofit based in the Twin Cities. Together we submitted a proposal to the CURA Tech Challenge and won a $10,000 grant to develop a prototype for an ‘online citizen activist dashboard.

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A Gathering Place

Minneapolis’ Southeast Library sits on the edge of Dinkytown and provides library services to four distinct neighborhoods: Como, Marcy-Holmes, Cedar-Riverside, and Prospect Park. Hennepin County sought innovative approaches to discovering the library, learning, and information needs within these four communities, so they incorporated design thinking methods into their exploration of ideas that would improve public services. Sandy served as one of two design leads contracted by The Humphrey School to guide the design thinking process.

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A Local Foods Exhibit

In 2014, The Common Table, a network of designers and members of the Minnesota food community, came together to create a Minnesota State Fair exhibit that promotes local food. The project continues in 2015, and has expanded to include 30 graphic designers, 20+ food partners, writers, The Common Table core design team, and AIGA Minnesota. Sandy is one of two AIGA Minnesota Design for Good team leaders. This project is a perfect example of community engagement and collaborative design thinking.

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Recycling Bin Signage

The Eco-Justice Team at Westminster Presbyterian Church led an effort to replace traditional trash and recycling bins with three-part bins that reduce the amount of refuse that ends up in landfills or goes to the incinerator. As co-chair of the Eco-Justice Team, Sandy worked with Dan Franklin, staff liaison, to design signage for the new bins and introduce the concept to the congregation. These bins coincided with the advent of Hennepin County’s 2015 composting program promoting waste reduction in the city of Minneapolis.

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