Cover image: Three Black and disabled folx (a non-binary person holding a cane, a woman sitting in a power wheelchair, and a woman sitting in a chair) looking seriously at the camera while a rainbow pride flag drapes on the wall behind them. Credit: Disabledandhere

This wiki collates insights and resources around community-led or community-driven design. It privileges the contributions of community-based practitioners, Indigenous people, people of color, disabled people and queer folx. Despite doing the work for many years, these voices have been undervalued in mainstream design education and practice with great detriment to our collective knowledge.

Wiki readers can decide what they find helpful. Please get in touch if you'd like to contribute something. If you're unsure about a contribution consider running it through the Design Justice Principles as a values check. Curated by KA McKercher of Beyond Sticky Notes.

Movements and Networks

Design Justice Network

Black Space

Depatriarchise design

Equity Design Collaborative

Open Design Now

Black Womxn Flourish

Disability Visibility Project

Design as Protest

Liberatory Design


A Designer's Critical Alphabet by Lesley Ann Noel

Equity-Centered Community Design by Creative Reaction Lab

Why Am I Always Being Researched? A guidebook for community organizations, researchers, and funders to help us get from insufficient understanding to more authentic truth by Chicago Beyond

An introduction to co-design principles and practice by Auckland Co-design Lab


Ethical questions for design work by Auckland Co-design Lab


Praxis framework - design and evaluation for social impact by Geoff Stone (Ripple Research) and Auckland Co-design Lab


The Oracle of Transfeminist Technologies card deck

Guidebook to shift unequal power dynamics in participatory design practice by Hajira Qazi

The Power Manual by Cyndi Suarez

A social designer's field guide to power literacy by Maya Goodwill in collaboration with Kennisland

The Network Weaving Handbook by June Holley

Healing Centered Engagement

Participant Wellbeing Pack by Bright Harbour Collective, And Good, and Mary Coyne

An Incomplete List of Resources for the Equity-Centered Designer by Isabelle Yisak

The Black School's Process Deck, contributed by @jyjster

The Workers Tarot Deck by Parsons DESIS Lab at The New School

Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan

Racial DeckEquity Cardset by Alvin Schexnider

Podcasts and videos

Kataraina Davis 'Designing with Māori knowledge'

Dr. Dori Tunstall on Respectful Design: Models for Diversity, Inclusion, & Decolonization

OF/BY/FOR ALL: Keynote by Nina Simon at the 2019 National Trust Convestival

Trauma-informed design with Rachael Dietkus and Sarah Fathallah

Mapping and Amplifying Decolonised Design Futures by Tristan Schultz

Decentering whiteness in design with Lesley-Ann Noel, Sadie Red Wing and Jennifer Rittner

Co-design and power with Dana Shen

Design is Human with Dr. Pierce Cornelius Otlhogile-Gordon

Community Building as Design Practice with Sloan Leo

Four critiques of design by Sarah Fathallah


Design With by Tyler Gindraux

Community-led design monthly summaries by Flox Studio

Communal care and joy by Annika Hansteen-Izora


Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock

Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together by Tara Campbell and Ariana Lutterman

Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

Scaling Down: Why Designers Need to Reverse Their Thinking by Jeremy Myerson

Changing the conversation around race, equity and bias in design by Lesley-Ann Noel

What are we learning? Place-based and community-led design by The Southern Initiative

How to Redesign for Justice by Antionette Carroll

Bringing Everything I Am Into One Place by The Lankellychase Foundation (thanks Morgan)

Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

10 new rules of design curated by Mark Wilson

Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary Edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta

Research justice : methodologies for social change by Andrew J. Jolivétte

The Careless Society by John McKnight

Every Space is Political with Sarah Fathallah

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice ****by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

All that you touch, you change by Berry Street's Y-Change Crew and Morgan Cataldo

When love meets power by Charlie Leadbeater and TACSI

Desna Whaanga-Schollum interview with Angie Tangaere

Field Guide 2020: Designing Māori Futures – Systems Disruption

Design has an empathy problem, white men can't design for everyone by Jesse Weaver

Designs for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar

Designing Publics by Christopher A. Le Dantec

The Relationship is the Project edited by Jade Lillie, with Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood and Jax Jacki Brown

To improve our ability to nurture the participation, knowledge and potential of vulnerable young people - Churchill Scholarship report by Lauren Oliver (thanks Morgan)

The value of lived experience in social change: The need for leadership and organisational development in the social sector by Baljeet Sandhu (thanks Morgan)

Respecting our Relations: Dori Tunstall on Decolonizing Design

What’s The Path What’s The Path To Durable Social & Organizational Change? Community Design For All. Sloan Leo and Dr Christina Harrington.

From the technical to the political: democratizing design thinking by Brooke Staton, Julia Kramer, Pierce Cornelius Otlhogile-Gordon and Lauren Valdez

Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong

Theory as Liberatory Practice by bell hooks

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes (thanks Hildreth)

Ideas Arrangements Effects by DS4SI (thanks Hildreth)

Decolonizing Whatever-Centred Design by Frederick van Amstel

No more throwaway people: The Co-production Imperative by Edgar S. Cahn

Co-design in Aotearoa New Zealand: a snapshot of the literature


Design for Equity Glossary by Enterprise Community Partners

Charles Vogl in the Art of Community describes a community as “a group of people who share mutual concern for one another's welfare.”


Working with Care: A Co-Production Approach to Approach to Partnering with Young People Experiencing Homelessness by Morgan Lee Cataldo