This advanced studio re-focuses design as a means for system change and cultural progress. It explores how individual designers can balance the tension between their idiosyncratic creations and the larger audiences that receive their designs. The course asks students to re-examine the role of the designer and challenges them to question and propose new modes of practice—as maker, entrepreneur, curator, activist and collaborator—across disciplines and in the spaces between art and design. It challenges designers to go beyond the creation of ‘closed-loop’ design objects to find new frameworks for dialogue. The assigned design and writing projects address a variety of criteria and environments. The final work is an independent research project.