Designing for the other 90%

1 Jun 2007 - 1:53pm
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Vishal Subraman...
2005

I came across this article -
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/29/science/29cheap.html?_r=1&oref=slogin about
an exhibit in the Cooper Hewitt Museum-
http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/ . Awesome example
of how Design can affect change...anyone in new york been to the exhibition
yet?

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Designers, engineers, students and professors, architects, and social
entrepreneurs from all over the globe are devising cost-effective ways to
increase access to food and
water<http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/design/?c=water> ,
energy<http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/design/?c=energy> ,
education<http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/design/?c=education> ,
healthcare<http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/design/?c=health> ,
revenue-generating activities, and affordable
transportation<http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org/design_for_the_other_90/design/?c=transport> for
those who most need them. And an increasing number of initiatives are
providing solutions for underserved populations in developed countries such
as the United States.

Encompassing a broad set of modern social and economic concerns, these
design innovations often support responsible, sustainable economic policy.
They help, rather than exploit, poorer economies; minimize environmental
impact; increase social inclusion; improve healthcare at all levels; and
advance the quality and accessibility of education. These designers' voices
are passionate, and their points of view range widely on how best to address
these important issues. Each object on display tells a story, and provides a
window through which we can observe this expanding field. Design for the
Other 90% demonstrates how design can be a dynamic force in saving and
transforming lives, at home and around the world.

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-Vishal
http://www.vishaliyer.com

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1 Jun 2007 - 5:33pm
.pauric
2006

As well as designing for the other 90% we can 'enable' them. I
especially like the recent concept of crowd-sourcing. Here's as
example of web enabled humanities project
http://www.fullbellyproject.org/index.asp turning to a '2.0' site
for crowd sourcing advice/feedback
http://www.instructables.com/id/ERSV3ZTAA8EP287HYR/

The story being how empowered people in a western culture utilised
the net to develop, promote and produce a device designed to solve a
3rd world problem.

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