Inside the head of a designer

Project H Design
March 26, 2009, 8:59 pm
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I’ve been meaning to get around about blogging this.  Here’s an excerpt from their ‘manifesto’.

‘Product design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness.
Project H Design is a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design solutions. We champion industrial design as a tool to address social issues, a vehicle for global life improvement, and a catalyst for individual and community empowerment.
Project H Design encourages the reorientation of the design industry towards a more socially-impactful and humanitarian entity through a variety of Initiatives that include design thinking, production and distribution, funding, design academics, and local chapter projects.’

In London on Tuesday after the Affluenza talk I met David, a Product design graduate from Suffolk one half of ‘SteelandStevens’ and we began to discuss this movement.  It is something very close to my heart that designers should be using their skills for social change.  What needs to happen is that governments and public organisations need to realise the potential of designers to find lasting solutions to problems they have been trying to tackle for years and invest in their skills.  What happens often is that members of organisations can be wrapped up in red tape and never really allowed to truly be creative.  I think its a great time to be a designer, there is a lot of co creation happening, a lot of lines are becoming blurred between the different disciplines of design, people are working together to create viable and sustainable solutions for the future.  The power of the designer needs to be recognised but in a time of recession, will anyone invest?

Here is part one and two of Project H founder, Emily Pilloten’s talk at the CEDIM:


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