AIGA Design Ed K12
AIGA Design Ed K12

Empowering the designer in every kid.


DesignEd K12 is an AIGA initiative to inspire and sustain design education programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

Our mission and philosophy

The AIGA members involved in DesignEd K12 aim to instill creative confidence and a design thinking mindset at a young age through hands-on experiences in creative problem solving. Design thinking is a methodology that helps children ask big questions, explore diverse solutions and work together to shape new outcomes that change the world bit by bit.

We believe that design thinking is not just for designers. It is for firemen, scientists, astronauts, doctors, teachers, mathematicians and cowboys, too. In other words, we are not teaching kids design just to create future designers. We teach design to kids because the ability to see the unseen, forge unchartered paths, stretch one’s imagination and create beauty is truly powerful—no matter what kids choose to be when they grow up.

We aim to connect designers with educators and students, make visible your efforts, motivate you with real-life success stories and provide relevant resources.

Get involved

We’re seeking case studies from all corners of the country—stories of how you’ve brought design to K12 students in your local community. If you have a K12 design education story to share, let us know.

Many AIGA chapters are actively involved in design education and mentoring projects. Contact your local chapter to learn more!

DesignEd K12 identity by Kiss Me I’m Polish