Design ConsortiumResident Partner

Image: Participants' responses DC Workshop held during the Express Newark Grand Opening. c/o Design Consortium

Who We Are

The Design Consortium (DC) is a student/faculty creative studio rooted in a collaboratively engaged design process. This framework has been integrated into the Arts, Culture & Media Graphic Design curriculum housed at Express Newark, in which designers and community residents, organizations, educational institutions and/or local activists partner to achieve a common goal. The traditional notion of designers “serving” clients is replaced by equal partners who — only through their work together — can create impact. This inclusive design model acknowledges that each participant brings exceptional knowledge to the relationship without which the work would not succeed. This philosophy channels that of Express Newark itself — a “third space” in which a new community is forged that could only exist once united in collaboration, and that possesses unprecedented potential.