Design for good

Bonito Studio founders Christa & Liza
When we say that Bonito Studio “designs for social good” we refer to the practice of using design principles, strategies, and creative skills to collaborate with individuals or organisations dedicated to bringing positive change in society.

What exactly do we do? Why is it different from “normal or commercial” design… well allow us a couple of mins:

Applying design expertise

Designers who are passionate about social good use their expertise in areas like graphic design, web design, product design, or user experience (UX) design to create visually compelling and effective materials. These materials can include logos, branding, websites, posters, brochures, and digital content, among others.

Amplifying impact

Designers collaborate with change-makers to strengthen the visual identity and messaging of their cause or organisation. By crafting aesthetically pleasing and emotionally resonant materials, designers help change-makers reach a broader audience, convey their mission more effectively, and ultimately, make a more significant impact.

Solving communication challenges

Designers identify communication challenges faced by change-makers and propose creative solutions. They ensure that complex ideas and information are presented in a clear, accessible, and engaging way, making it easier for the public to understand and support the cause.

Enhancing user experience

In the digital realm, UX designers focus on creating user-friendly websites, apps, or online platforms that facilitate easy access to information, donations, or engagement opportunities related to the social cause. A well-designed user experience encourages more people to get involved.

Building brand awareness

Designers help build and strengthen the brand identity of organisations dedicated to social good. A consistent and appealing visual identity can make the organisation more recognisable and memorable to the public, donors, and volunteers.

Evoking emotion and empathy

Through creative design, designers aim to evoke emotions and empathy in the audience. Whether it's through powerful imagery, compelling storytelling, or thought-provoking visuals, the goal is to connect with people on a deeper level and inspire them to take action.

Measuring impact

Designers often assess the impact of their work by tracking key metrics. This may include monitoring website traffic, engagement on social media, increased donations, or the success of a particular campaign or initiative. These metrics help gauge the effectiveness of design efforts in achieving the intended social impact.

Collaborative partnerships

Designers work in close collaboration with change-makers, taking the time to understand their goals, values, and target audience. This partnership ensures that the design work aligns with the overarching mission of the social cause and resonates with its supporters.

Designing for social good involves using design skills and creative thinking to empower change-makers and boost their causes. Designers play a crucial role in bridging the gap between complex social issues and public understanding, ultimately contributing to the positive transformation of society. This collaborative approach harnesses the power of design to drive change, raise awareness, and inspire individuals to get involved in making the world a better place.