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  • Books - Still Relevant?

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    Here is a great article I found in the Design Observer about books and there place in society today. They are being published at such a rapid pace but who is actually reading them? This article looks at everything from economics to audience and I encourage everyone to check this article out.

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  • Belu water is a great first step

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Check out their website and their article in the features section...They are really doing quite a lot for the environment and their community. Purchases of Belu water fund clean water initiatives in the UK (local to Belu) and abroad (India, Mali), They're going to fund a garbage filter for the Thames and have supplied hand pumps to rural villages in India.

    Belu also points out that shipping water from Fiji to the UK is insane. The carbon footprint of shipping is huge. So Belu went to the trouble to find water sources in the UK. I think it's a very admirable effort. i just wish Poland Spring would do the same.

    On the flip side...corn is better than oil and is technically renewable...but it is usually grown with petrochemical fertilizers. The next step would be to make the growing greener. Belu points out that the bio-plastic can be made from potatoes, beets...really, anything with carbs and sugars. Corn does grow fast, though. Plus this article from Columbia University's news service points out that corn plastics use 20-30% less petroleum overall than PET. So that's great.

    This project really seems to have taken a village; looking at their supporters page you can see that they were helped by local design schools and water charities, among others. Parson's in the US seems to be leading the way on this...I hope other schools follow suit and find worthy projects to contribute to.

  • The Giving TEE

    Environment, Communication Design

    T-shirts are too often made in sweatshops even with pesticide-infused cotton. However, T-shirt maker Eric Henry, president of paragon T.S. Designs, seeks to achieve its triple bottom line through sustainable sourcing and manufacturing of functional, fashionable tees.

  • cooperative design - Thinkcycle

    Poverty, Industrial Design


    these guys are up and running with a solid social focus

  • CrowdSpirit still in Beta...stay tuned

    Community, Industrial Design


    for all us ID people eager to contribute, they're not ready yet...i'm waiting! we've got talent to burn...


    what they do...or hope to do:

    Step 1 The community sends ideas, fine tunes them & votes for the best one.

    Step 2 The best ideas and their product specifications are jointly defined with Partners. Community Investors start financing the product development.

    Step 3 The first prototype is tested and fine-tuned by the community.

    Step 4 Customers purchase products thanks to the CrowdSpirit Supply chain. The community ensures the product support and recommends products to retailers.

  • My next bag

    Environment, Fashion Design


    no one better buy the green one...

    These guys buy plastic waste from Jakarta trash pickers at 4.5 times the market rate and make these bags locally. Then they sell them to us and everyone gets happy!

  • i'm into and the right now...check them out

  • Mobility: another video

    Community, Environmental Design

    traffic abatement in urban areas is a serious the video shows, cars move at 20km on average, whereas public transport can be 60km or higher...we need better public transport and congestion pricing to reduce traffic, and encourage pedestrians and bikers...traffic makes living and business harder...

  • cnc toast


    this is not really social design, but is so cool i had to put it up... cnc toast

    actually, they're sharing thier methods and materials at evil mad scientist and i think that the home-brew 3D printing will bring a revolution in distributed production, just like the homebrewed macs and PCs became companies and changed the computing this is social, after all!

  • Freeplay is great design

    Communication, Industrial Design

    just found out about freeplay's foundation to provide their heavy-duty radios to the rural needy. Check out their website, more info about their project and the great design features...I especially like the flexible antenna instead of an easy breakable retractable one. I think I will donate one as a gift in the near future...

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