Please submit your ideas for earthquake disaster recovery at Issue + Design. We accept your submission until November 20th, 2011.
For those of you who are interested in ideas have earlier come up from our issue + design competition, I would like to introduce one idea called Dekimasu Zekken. The term means "(I)-can-do race bibs." The idea came from one of our contestants from earlier competition, which theme was about lives in evacuation centers.
Dekimasu Zekken, is basically a simple set of papers, which comes in four different colors to distinguish major skill sets in disaster areas. These bibs, once placed on the back of the volunteer staffs, smoothens communication between volunteers and disaster victims, or among volunteers who need to work together.
Although many evacuation centers have completed its function today, the runner bibs can still be downloaded online, available for any individual or institutions, which find this useful.
Recently, Dekimasu Zekken was awarded at Good Design Award 2011, as the jury recognized its simplicity and effectiveness in the disaster area.
This time, the competition is to envision how design can help the community affected by the earthquake and tsunami. For those of you with you who come up with good ideas, the submission format is very simple: please share your ideas here.