Dawn Hancock

About Me

rabble-rousing do-good designer

Member Since July 2001
Member Type Sustaining
AIGA Chapter Chicago
Title Managing Director & Founder
Company Firebelly Design
Email moc.ngisedylleberif@nwad
Website www.firebellydesign.com
Field Brand and identity
Design/Graphic design

Dawn is a troublemaker, a bleeding heart, a designer by trade and a do-gooder by choice. Two things she likes: ideas and people. She's been known to put them together in a room, just to see what happens.


She started Firebelly in 1999 with a simple mission: Good Design for Good Reason. Since then, she's been diligent about hiring passionate people, seeking out fearless allies and taking on projects with the potential to change the world (or at least her local community).


While she's kept the design studio intentionally small, Dawn has kept on hustling to expand Firebelly's reach and impact. Over the years, she's founded a community-based nonprofit, a socially conscious start-up incubator and a 10-day design bootcamp, all operating out of Firebelly's Humboldt Park studio. And of course there's the Grant for Good, started in 2003 to povide a full year of free design to a deserving nonprofit.


As Community Outreach Chair for AIGA Chicago, she created a mentorship program to encourage more active collaboration. She's spoken at the School of Visual Arts and Type Director's Club in New York, numerous conferences and programs around the world, and been a guest on Design Matters podcast.


Named one of Fast Company's 11 Most Generous Designers, Dawn has never stopped focusing on people and their potential to create a better world together, one good idea at a time.

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