H is for Hippo The big news was the launch of the H is for Hippo campaign, through which we have funded 62 (and counting!) Hippo Rollers, which are amazing water transportation devices we'll be delivering to Kgautswane, South Africa. I'll be leaving March 22nd for the trip, will hand over the rollers, and remain in the community to do interviews, research, and to see how we as Project H can continue to work with them on larger water design projects (filtration, irrigation, reclamation, etc). Thanks to ALL of you who so generously donated to this initiative- I'm so grateful for your support. And if you haven't had a chance to contribute but would like to, there's still time! Check out all the information at www.projecthdesign.com to see how you can sponsor a Hippo Roller and be involved in this great project.
Project H: Design for Education summer studio We also confirmed plans for our first Project H summer studio, which will run as a class at the California College of Arts in San Francisco from June 2nd to August 2nd. It's called "Project H: Design for Education," and we'll be looking specifically at how product design can serve elementary education needs, provide products and tools for global curricula, etc. The two case studies will be a local Northern California school district and a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda (which I'll also be visiting on my Africa trip). A big part of this initiative is public collaboration- between designers, educators, design students, children, and the general public, so if you'd like to come to one of the sessions as a guest critic, please let me know!
Project H at ICFF for NY Design Week May 2008 I've mentioned this before, but this year I'll be speaking on behalf of Project H at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York on May 19th as part of Metropolis Magazine's "Doing Good and Doing Well"-themed conference. If you're in the New York area, come on down! Stay tuned for future plans regarding the HauteGreen exhibition as well.
Emily Pilloton Founder, Project H Design www.projecthdesign.com