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Lee Winfield

New York, NY, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • My questions



    These are questions I would ask people who are deeply involved in the questions surrounding the provision of clean water in developing nations

    1. What do you believe is the main reason some people in developing countries dont have clean drinking water? expand. a. transportation b. information c. collection d. communication e. distribution f. accessibility g. purification h. other

    2. What, in your opinion, is the best way to help? expand. a. wells b. damns c. send money/ donate money d. education e. other

    3. Is there a difference in ways of helping in the medium term (10 yrs) versus the long term (50 yrs)? what is your opinion on this matter?

    4. What area of the world do you believe is currently suffering from the biggest water related issues? and why this area specifically?

    5. Do you believe that our USD90 billion (estimated) a year water industry in developed nations effects the lack of drinking water in developing nations? if yes, how so?

    6. Argue for and against these means of improving the availability of clean drinking water a. wells + - b. damns + - c. Sending funds + - d. Education + -

    7. How is water distributed evenly in a village/ town in an equal manner once it is retrieved? (ie wells?) do people share? how?

    8. How is water physically being divided?

    9. How is water stored in homes? what happens to it after it has been stored for a while?

    10. how do people make sure water is not wasted or spilled once it is retrieved from the ground? is this a common problem?

    (photo from: http://www.chari...

  • Project 10 to the 100



    Project 10 to the 100 is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible by Google.

    "Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life. Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people. In other words, helping helps everybody, helper and helped alike. The question is: what would help? And help most? "

    Project 10 to the 100

    We'll help bring these ideas to life. We're committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.

    I only found out about this now and they will only accept submissions until the 20th. but it would be nice to see what this yields. i just wish it got more publicity.

  • 10 vs 90



    My most current research and frustration with trying to find out what the other 90% need led me to think about designing to save water in homes in developed countries

    I was stuck on ideas like recycling shower water until i came upon this design on DesignBoom for a 'Dining in 2015' competition.

    the design comes as a kitchen aid to save time, power and water when boiling water to cook several ingredients. Its smart and simple and to the point.

    It got me thinking again..

    I still however would feel guilty for designing for the 10%

  • 42_177_

    This is a post that will be helpful to people who wish to design for rural Africa

    My best friend from Hong Kong, Robynne, is studying Medicine in England. As a summer program for the medicine students, she traveled with a group to Madagascar last summer to teach children about hygiene.

    I asked her to share with me her photos from the trip- and here they are I also added some extracts from emails she sent me of her experiences that might be interesting to some.

    I found these very helpful, showing the local community doing their laundry, kids running around (shoe-less), the fields and animals, the houses and schools. (distinguish between the rural and urban scenarios)

    If you would like more information from Robynne, or ask questions, let me know. hope some will find this helpful!

  • Distribution of Knowledge turns into vandalism

    Community, Industrial Design


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    To me, carelessness and vandalism is a very small form of evilness. a small war. i know this might sound very harsh to most people, but i do believe that.

    I used snap shots form the video I took to comment on society.. the idea that a positive 'public distribution of knowledge' turned into broken pieces of plastic that store rotten fruit and wrinkled paper is appalling.

  • Be Human Kind

    Aid, Communication Design

    a well designed ad by Oxfam

  • My Elastic & Organic map

    Well-being, Communication Design


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    My new map keeps much of the integrity and the ideas that first one did. As i do not have concrete facts and values to base my map upon, i dont feel it is right to design a map that seems quantitative or is based on quantitative information. Therefore, i used more organic lines to illustrate the elasticity of the information.

    I labeled where I hope my thesis would 'be' in white.

    The main difference between this and the previous map is that here i rated the subjects that matter to me the most, and divided the designs based on the criteria I gave myself. I found that the four most important things to me are (in order of importance)

    1. functionality
    2. Ethics
    3. Accessibility (other 90%)
    4. cost

    this helped me to make the map more readable and make much more sense in the way it is organized.

  • Ways_132_

    Simply- Non Zero Sum Game

    Not create more More MORE STUFF Make people smile Create objects/ systems that work with Humans. That is what I truly care about- people. And their goodness. “human beings are fundamentally good” and my mission is to make it as true and possible. And that is by making people believe it. Humanity is my business. Act when others are passive.

    And- its not ‘how can we?’ its ‘how can we make them?’

    Economic development has to be OF the people By the people For the people

    SHARE. Stronger together.

    The seemingly impossible is possible

    Think beyond the obvious.

    Not- can we be optimistic But- can we give hope to a billion people

    I know I went off topic but I would like to keep the above, and maybe answer some more questions..

    Materials - no real rules. I do like using materials that are not commonly used, and ones that derive from nature, not machine/ chemically made, preferably.

    Impact- GOOD. as positive as possible. A ‘positive sum game’, as Robert Wright would say. To what degree? The highest. “why be good when you can be great?”

    Function- The product will have to completely fulfill the function it came to serve. Without a function, to whatever degree, it is useless and a waste.

    Form- not the most important characteristic, but highly important. Has to be attractive visually and physically for people. Without this basic attraction and relation to the form, people will not use the design. Also related to the f...

  • observing humanity.. or the lack of

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Watch the video here.

    To be honest, I didn’t think I would gain much from the exercise of simply going outside and LOOKING. And I do a person who looks, all the time. I stare at people and watch how they move and what they do and criticize them in my head. I get mad when people don’t use tools they are meant to be used, a type of vandalism.

    However, I did gain from this exercise. Videotaping is definitely a new way of observing for me. People are much more likely to change the way they behave around a video camera. If I know there is a camera pointed to my direction I am most likely to straighten up, comb my fingers through my hair to make sure it falls on my shoulders the right way and then pretend I never saw it. I therefore tried to hold the camera down by my thigh and tilt it upwards.

    Here are issues I observed:

    1. New School staff sitting by Mopi, a small bodega who does not sell much more than coffee and a muffin. They did not seem to interact with eachother and it made me think of weather they do actually have another place of their own where they could interact during their lunch hour?! More than that, I was wondering how they view us, as they were looking at the main entrance to the school. How do they view us, as the spoiled rich students attending a design school. This, of course, is probably mostly in my head, but I left uncomfortable with it.

    2. People speaking on their cell phones in public. A phenomenon I despise. Not that I don’t do it, but I feel it ha...

  • Questions I cant quite answer... yet

    Poverty, Industrial Design


    Lee Winfield

    My Passion: Allow all people access to clean water

    Thesis issue: The lack of clean water in some parts of the world

    What aspect of this issue will your project address: Collection of water through natural resources

    What is your project: unclear at the moment…

    Who will benefit most from your design: some people who currently don’t have access to clean drinking water who could have access to my design. (Realistically, I will gain the most from this design. From the process of making it and dreaming it.)

    How will they benefit: they will have some more clean water available to them by developing an understanding of how to create access for themselves

    Some of their characteristics: Make less that 5 dollars a day (the other 90%)

    Underlying assumption: (too many!!) -Clean drinking water will improve people’s lives and health. -that my intended audience have access to my design

    What’s at stake: PEOPLE ARE DYING and UNHAPPY because they don’t have access to the most natural resource on earth necessary for life

    What non profits do you think you want to work with & their missions: Huge list that never ends.. but this is for now i had a hard time letting the ones that didnt have branches in nyc stay out of this list (hundreds of fascinating orgs around the world)

    1. Oxfam action corps NYC. working to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice worldwide.
    2. Sierra Club. NYC Public interest organization promotes conservation of natural envi...

My Interests

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