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Janelle Nanos

New York, NY, United States


Member since May 11, 2007

  • True Majority PigMobile

    Communication, Communication Design


    Location: New York, NY, USA

    Problem: True Majority, an organization of American business leaders who are looking to steer 15 percent of the Federal Budget’s Pentagon spending to education, needs a way to present their message to as many people as possible in a clear, evocative way.

    Client: True Majority

    Designers: Stefan Sagmeister and Matthias Ernstberger

    Solution: Sagmeister and Ernstberger designed several vehicles that travel the country and are parked in public spaces to stimulate conversation and promote understanding. The first is three “pigmobiles” which represent, in decreasing size, the relative spending for the Pentagon budget, education, and foreign aid. The second is a large “Oreo” pie-chart which breaks down how the national budget is spent. Each time the vehicle visits a new location, people are asked how they think the budget is being spent and are inevitably surprised to learn of the actual breakdown.

    Completion: The pig mobiles were designed in 2002 while the Oreo van was completed in 2006. Both vehicles continue to be in use.

    For more info: Move Our Money, Stefan Sagmeister


  • LifePort Organ Recovery System

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Location: Chicago, IL, USA

    Problem: Over 70,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive kidney donations, the highest number for any donation group. Yet for nearly as long as organ donation has been available, organs were transported in ice-filled coolers intended for picnics, not physicians. Without any way to regulate or monitor their viability, organs often would not make the journey from donation to transplantation.

    Client: IDEO in collaboration with Organ Recovery Systems

    Designers: David Kravitz, John Brassil and Douglas Schein (Organ Recovery Systems); Dickon Isaacs and Jerry O’Leary (IDEO)

    Solution: IDEO in collaboration with Organ Recovery Systems created the LifePort Kidney Transporter, a cooler with a self-contained pump that perfuses the kidney with a cold liquid solution. The kidney is housed in an egg-like unit that also monitors its viability in a clear, easy-to-read format, and is easily transported from procurement site to surgery. The same team now plans to create similar units for other organs.

    Completion: 2003

    For more info: Organ Recovery Systems, IDEO

  • Inveneo Solar-Powered Wifi System

    Communication, Communication Design


    Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

    Problem: Over two billion people living in rural communities in developing countries have limited, if any, access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). When available, the use of such technology can facilitate economic development, education, and faster response time in crises.

    Clients: AMD’s 50x15 Initiative; BOSCO (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach) Uganda Relief Project, Catholic Charities, Caritas, Cornerstone Academies, Cisco’s NEPAD Initiative, Eguitel, World Vision, ActionAid.

    Designers: Inveneo Technologies’ Mark Summer, Robert Marsh, Jeff Wishnie and Michael Meisel. Local installation and support partners include Linux Solutions (Uganda), Keyskills (Uganda), Eguitel (Guinea-Bissau).

    Solution: Inveneo saw that sustaining communication systems proved difficult in rural situations due to harsh environmental conditions and lack of basic infrastructure, so they created affordable, solar-powered internet technology system that’s easy to install and allows underserved areas access to communication. Inveneo is working to spread this technology throughout Africa, and has already completed projects in Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.

    Completion: 2005 – present (multiple projects)

    For more info: Inveneo


  • Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project

    Community, Environmental Design


    Location: Seoul, Korea

    Problem: During Seoul’s economic boom in the 1960s, the CheongGyeCheon stream, a major waterway running through the city center, was covered in concrete and replaced with a four-lane highway, to make way for massive building expansion projects. But with the highway came environmental consequences: a rise in air pollution and deteriorating health conditions of its citizens.

    Client: Seoul Development Institute with the Seoul Metropolitan Government

    Designers: Seoul Development Institute with the Seoul Metropolitan Government

    Solution: The city government, in an effort to create green space, decrease health risks and help stimulate the economy in the area, dismantled the highway and redirected the underground waterways to a newly created streambed. Landscaped shorelines, an elaborate bridge network for pedestrian traffic, and funding for local merchants all helped reinvigorate a run-down section of the city and created a public works project that drew international acclaim.

    Completion: September, 2005

    For more info: Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project