Posts tagged “social design

Powerful Design

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?

 

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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.

 

 

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The Wonders of Technology

Post by iSiZ

Jacque Fresco is a self-educated structural designer, concept artist and futurist. He is considered by many to be a modern-day Da Vinci. From a young age he has been interested in visualizing the future. Today his sketches have been put in 3D computer visualizations by 3D artists. Watch this short film of how a new city of the future can look like:

 

The Venus Project  is a project initiated by Fresco and reflects the culmination of his life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern.

Future By Design is a documentary, produced in 2006, on the life, designs, and philosophy of Jacque Fresco. Watch in 1,5 hours, the work of this inspirational designer of the future as he visualizes the wonders of technology to elevate human potential.