Post by iSiZ
In the end it’s up to the consumer whether a product is successful and in what context it will be used.
Design exists because it solves problems. A chair was once designed to solve the problem of siting upright instead of on the ground. While the car was invented to solve the problem of transporting a person or cargo from A to B, it is now one of the main causes of air pollution. Today designers pay more attention to whether a product is sustainable, for example is it social design or is it recyclable?
An example is the WakaWaka Light, it uses solar technology to bring electricity to those parts of the worlds where electricity is not accessible. WakaWaka is an impact driven, social venture that fights to abolish energy poverty throughout the world, by replacing kerosene lamps with off-grid solar powered products. This saves money, results in better school grades, increases income-generating capacity for families by enabling the ability to charge mobile phones and by stimulating entrepreneurship.
Let’s start asking the question to non-designers: Which problem needs solving by design in your environment? Watch the trailer of the film ‘Design & Thinking’ for some inspiration. Also check the website of the film for more information.