Beginning next week through April 2010, a traveling exhibition and lecture series bringing “product design that empowers” will visit 25 high schools and university design programs across the nation. The program was initiated by Project H Design, a team of designers and builders based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Bertie County, North Carolina, which aims to improve the quality of life for the socially overlooked. The road show will feature an Airstream trailer exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, written by Project H founder Emily Pilloton. The program will focus on design for social impact, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world’s most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale. The Design Revolution Road Show’s mobile exhibition will be housed in a 1972 Airstream trailer. Products will be on view at every stop for visitors to experience, use, and touch. Each product is a smart design solution to one of the following eight issues (the 8 categories in the book): Water, Well-Being, Energy, Education, Play, Food, Mobility, Enterprise. The exhibition will be open to the school’s students, teachers, administrators, and passers-by at each stop. At each stop on the tour, the Project H team will give a lecture presentation about how designers can work for the greater good. They will present a toolkit for design students and educators that outlines 13 values and corresponding strategies for how to produce great design for the greater good.
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