Design Solutions

Interesting piece on the relationship between creativity, design, and difficult social problems. (A very Daniel Pink like take on the world.) Not surprisingly, at a moment when both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement seem to be casting a skeptical eye at money driven solutions. . . this might be compelling. Or does it miss something? Can good design solve poverty, public health, violent conflict, the oppression of women, the exploitation of children?

Hope and Design


About jchall1960

I'm the instructor for FA 200, Introduction to the Arts at the University of Alabama
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2 Responses to Design Solutions

  1. cgadrian says:

    This is one of the most interesting articles that i have read in a while. I love the movement of the design world mixing with the humanitarian world. It is so cool to see that designers and creative people are working together to solve world problems with their professions and talents. I am very interested in the combination of these two things, and this article is very informative about some of the specific ways in which impoverished areas are improving. I though that the practical solutions described in this article were brilliant, especially the “Q Drum” (a rolling container that is being used in African villages to easily transport water). I fully believe that good design can be used to solve many of the world’s problems – if anything, it is a great way to move foreword with many of the basic problems associated with poor areas such as the lack of clean drinking water and violence. I have started looking more into this topic, because I believe that it can truly make a difference.

  2. jchall1960 says:

    Thanks much for this!

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