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When sifting Coroflot for interesting projects and design thinking to highlight, we usually skew towards work that has at least made it to prototyping. Conceptual ideas are important, but they're like [a rude analogy]: everybody's got them. That said, the AR Cane concept caught my attention by answering a familiar
Like most school work, project topics for Product Design students aren't always terribly exciting (though it's a field where we get hype about tire tread patterns and tea kettle shape... so maybe I'm the jerk). So when a cool prompt gets met with both enthusiasm and sharp thinking, I get
It is ironic that those of us who can most afford to buy sunglasses probably need them the least. Using a pair of Ray-Bans to prevent glare whilst driving one's Porsche towards a sunset is not the same level of need as that experienced by someone toiling in a sunny
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
Fabrication is always a blast, second only to field research in the hierarchy of excellent things about working in social impact design. It's an opportunity to escape our desks, and trade the abstractions of post-it notes and design frameworks for the satisfaction of creating tangible, physical things. At the
It's a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than ineffective and racist drug policy, the idea of
All of us wear laundered clothes, yet few of us think about where the dirty water coming out of the washing machine goes. But Rachel Miller is a cofounder of the nonprofit Rozalia Project, which deals with marine waste on America's East Coast, and she knows exactly where it goes:
What uses up the most water in your house: Your shower, toilet, kitchen faucets or bathroom faucets? The answer is, I don't know. And neither do you. Even if you could guess which used the most, there's no effective way to see accurate figures for each fixture. That's because accurately
"National ID Day focuses on the huge contributions made by industrial designers to our economy and to the greater good. Lend your voice and effort to help the profession shine brightly on March 5 and throughout the year."
2017 is already off to a rumbling start, and so is design aimed at smoothing things out. To address the rising international refugee crisis, IKEA's nonprofit wing has rolled out production for their Better Shelter project. As life gets more unstable for the 65 million displaced refugees around the world,
Do you track your trash? How carefully do you sort your garbage – organic waste in a composter, recyclables separated into the right bins, non-recyclable waste isolated into its own receptacle? How cautiously do you ensure that hazardous materials are excluded from the recycling bin or that your bottles and
Since taking office last week, President Trump has been ordering the removal of scientific data from government websites (example: Ordering the EPA to remove their website's page on climate change). In response, a handful of people at these government bodies have reportedly been launching unauthorized, rogue Twitter accounts in an
How do you get to work each morning? According to the United Nations and World Bank, there's a 54% chance that you live in or near an urban center - and it follows that you likely work in that city as well. It's possible that your home is within walking
Change begins with knowledge. Armed with new insights, critical skills, and the confidence to take risks, motivated change agents initiate powerful action. Suz Somersall is using her platform as a change agent to empower new generations of women in engineering. Through her national education initiative, KiraKira, Somersall leverages the educational
Ours is the plugged-in generation, loaded up with devices that demand a steady flow of energy at home, at work, and on the go. We have spawned an era of energy dependence - and there's no indication that we can stop. The science advocacy group, Union of Concerned Scientists,
Farming is Filled with Emotions For the over two million American families who farm professionally, their work is toil and struggle, risk and fear. It is also joy and love, commitment and loyalty. Farm stories are generational, passing down both knowledge and lore from one generation to the next—from tales
Imagine the moment a baby is born. In a complications-free birth, the infant is delivered to the safety of its mother's arms where it feels the mother's heartbeat, rises and falls with the mother's breath, snuggles into and smells the mother's skin, and hears the mother's voice. Several medical studies
Designers and consumers have an urgent challenge to confront in the current discussion around sustainability. How can we distinguish between goods which seem eco-friendly, but actually contribute to a culture of waste, and those that are truly green? Designer Danielle Trofe had to challenge herself to look at every aspect
Sly Lee doesn't just want to save the oceans; through the technology non-profit The Hydrous, he is recruiting an army of citizen scientists from across the globe to join forces with him, collaborating on a mission to revitalize the coral reefs.
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