A new guidebook on public interest design that provides clear professional standards of practice based on the SEED methodology was released recently.

The ‘Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues’ is the first book to present public interest design as a viable profession of interdisciplinary design practice. The guidebook provides clear professional standards of practice following the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology.

Representing the first professional standard for public interest design, the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook is edited by Lisa M. Abendroth and Bryan Bell, and has contributions from Thomas Fisher, Heather Fleming and David Kaisel, Michael Cohen, Michael P. Murphy Jr., Alan Ricks and Annie Moultan, and over twenty others. Key topics covered in the guidebook include professional responsibility, public interest design business development, design evaluation, and capacity building through scaling among many more.

The ‘Issues Index’ in the guidebook focuses on 90 critical social, economic, and environmental issues and includes 30 case study projects representing 18 countries and 4 continents. A methods guide, locator atlas, and an annotated reading list are some of the useful features in this comprehensive manual.

Recommended for anyone working in the fields of architecture, urban planning, industrial design, landscape architecture, or communication design, the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook gives design professionals the information they need to create community-centred environments, products, and systems.

"Bryan Bell and Lisa Abendroth have dedicated their respective careers to igniting the spirit of public interest design that exists within all of us who are charged with creating the constructed legacy of our time. If you have ever had the inclination to work on behalf of others whose needs are far greater than our own, then you will find the instruction, wisdom and inspiration contained within this book invaluable." - R. Steven Lewis, SEED Network founding member, USA

About the Editors

Lisa M. Abendroth is a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado, USA. She is a SEED Network founding member, a SEED Evaluator co-author, and a 2013 recipient of the SEED Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design.

Bryan Bell is the founder of Design Corps in North Carolina, USA, and cofounder of the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Network. Bell was awarded a National AIA Award and was a National Design Award Finalist. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.