The report is out on last November's IDSA DesignAbout, "The Other 6 Billion People." It includes an overview of the event as well as pdf downloads of the speakers' notes.
Hewlett Packard hosted DesignAbout, The Other Six Billion People from November 2-4, 2005, at Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif., a stone's throw from Hewlett Packard's world headquarters and smack in the middle of Silicon Valley...Designers from across the globe and from multiple design industries gathered with anticipation for what they would learn about the world's other 6 billion people and the new methods and processes they could develop when designing for this underserved group.
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.