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Lee Winfield

New York, NY, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Design ideas 2



    More sketches for hand washing

  • Design ideas 1



    Design sketches for handwashing targeting children

  • Similar_products_map_177_

    A collection of products that represent some of the same ideas I will be looking at in my thesis project. I have arranged them in a circle and created coloured organic forms around the ones that fit the catagory i was focusing on. I then started the manufacturing processes and identified things that are in common to all products.


  • Products that serve a similar purpose ('Hygiene, sanitation and water'):

    • pumps
    • Tippytaps
    • tools designed for agriculture (especially low and medium technologies)
    • sanitizer
    • bathrooms/ toilets
    • water distiller
    • lifestraw
    • soap
    • anti bacterial plants
    • systems that use grey water
    • clock that counts the amount of water you use-
    • Kids' candy after brushing teeth (shows spots t-hat didnt clean well)
    • toothpaste
    • pipes
    • water boiler
    • water filtration
    • closed containers

    Material Qualities that serve my audience (children in developing Africa):

    • Direct
    • playful/ fun
    • visually exciting/ attractive
    • functional
    • durable
    • low maintenance
    • memorable
    • effective
    • medium technology
    • appropriate technology
    • soft
    • interactive
    • educational
    • recognizable/ identifiable
    • sleek
    • minimal
    • ergonomic
    • sustainable
  • Njozi Okonjo, the former finance minister of Nigeria, gave a very interesting speech on TED in June 2007, attached below.

    A couple of issues she was talking about made me realize how important my mission is. She showed age statistics in africa: 40% of people are below the age of 14, 20% are 15-24 years old and 60% are below 24. meaning a huge amount of children- which is who my product will be targeting. As well as that, in a recent UN report I found figures on % of children who attend elementary schools in different countries (much higher than I expected).

    She suggests that in order for Africa to move forward they need to -create jobs -make sure they dont fall into disease -get education

    I will be focusing on the second point.

    As well as that- she touched on another very important point- the role of women in the African Society. "Placing more resources in the hands of women results in greater spending on human capital goods, household services, health, education and food" (World Bank Policy Research Report, 2001)

    Therefore, it might be good to think of a product that women could manufacture for the children.

    Watch the video here.

  • Natural_disturbance_1__177_

    This tuesday I went to IDC's Dynamic Nature class. I was invited by the teacher of the class, Victoria Marshall, as she had a speaker come in; Ecologist Steward Pickett.

    We were talking about the idea of 'disturbance', a word, that in our culture has negative connotations. In ecology, however, it is something that 'disrupts the physical structure of a system', and can have a positive impact. This depends on the space and time boundary you assign for it. For example, a fire in a specific forest can be seen as a disturbance when looking at a 5 year period. However when looking at a period of a thousand years, a fire is a very positive thing, in fact, it is the system and we are the disturbance.

    I learned that our water supply system (in the developed world) is built for an 'x' amount of water, which does not allow for any of the changes which are happening in the world. A constant supply of water is an illusion due to global warming. In different regions of the world, the reactions to global warming are different. For example, in Europe and the US seasons will be pronounced, meaning wet seasons will be wetter, leading to more mud and unclean water that needs more filtration. The tropics, it seems, will have less of a seasonal feel and the poles will be dyer.

    The world's east doesnt have enough groundwater to support its wells, and it seems some are actually fighting to stop well use and development. People are over-drilling, digging deeper and deeper into the ground and ...

  • Current Strategies


    • Correspond with charity:water via email and a few meetings. They will be happy to critique my ideas and give me positive feedback.

    • I met Victoria Marshall last week. She is a professor at IDC and teaches a class called Dynamic Nature, where they are entering a competition that addresses the global drinking water crisis: the Aspen Design Challenge

    our meeting went rather well, she gave me some good advice and has a very wide understanding of water systems. She suggested that i look at the movement of water through people. Look into towns where wells are working and where they are not and find out why.

    Victoria invited me to their tuesday class where there will be a guest speaker- Steward Pickett, who is a senior scientist at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies and will be talking about disturbance ecology. All of his work is watershed based. This might be interesting. As preparation for their class, she asked that I listen to an interview with Buzz Holling, who was awarded 2008 Volvo Environment Prize. click here to listen

    • Look for new NFPs, using 'idealist' database

    • Research materials found locally

    • I have started corresponding with Larry Dixon, who specializes in Food Systems and Policy Collaboration Building and Negotiation, as well as Economic Development. Email back and share ideas.

    • Reseach answers to a list of questions I have formed i.e. available products in the markets, uses of gray water

    • sketch possible designs.. as wild as they may be.

  • A Brief



    Mission: Design a system or a product that will increase children’s sanitation in schools in developing Africa.

    Findings: From extensive research, including interviews with non for profit ‘charity:water’, reports and documentaries, I found that sanitation is the biggest issue humanity is currently facing. Two thirds out of all people do not have proper sanitation, which contaminates their water sources, causing 80% of diseases worldwide. As a continent, Africa is facing the harshest of conditions. At the same time, children are the ones most prone to get sick due to immature immune systems, behaviors that spread germs, lack of control of bodily fluids and exposure to germs in group care. It is also the main reason girls don’t go to schools in developing countries. Hand-washing is the number one intervention to decrease diarrheal deaths, and most designs are targeting homes, where one person washes his hands at a time, rather than a more crowded scenario such as a school. It is my prediction that if a child will learn to wash their hands regularly, they will keep doing it in their adult life. When dealing with water, I wish to adapt the design to take all stages into consideration. This includes the use of gray water, and therefore reducing waste and utilizing as much of the resource as possible.

    Cost: The product will have to be relatively cheap as I would be targeting an economy that lives on less than USD$4 a day. However, as this would be a product that could g...

  • Matrix2_132_

    My matrix from last week. somewhat organic and biomorphic. always changing and adapting its form. this is bigger

  • Design Proposals



    These are the Design proposals from last week. Thought I would share it again now that we can post images. It's also here

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design