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Design Revolution: 100 Products That Are Changing People's Lives

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In January of 2008, with a thousand dollars, a laptop and an outsized conviction that design can change the world, rising San Francisco-based product designer and activist Emily Pilloton launched Project H Design, a radical non-profit that supports, inspires and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design. "We need to go beyond 'going green' and to enlist a new gen ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Thames & Hudson (first published October 1st 2009)
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Jul 18, 2010 mahatma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
buku ini memerankan diri sebagai pelapor bagi 100 karya disain produk yang punya kontribusi penting pada masyarakat. dengan memasukkan disain produk ke dalam kelompok-kelompok seperti water, well being, energy, education, mobility, food, play dan enterprise, kita diperkenalkan pada konteks lahirnya disain-disain tadi. bahwa inovasi disain produk itu bukan ada untuk sekadar bikin beda, tapi ada untuk membuat hidup bisa dijalani dengan lebih mudah, hemat energi, tidak mengotori bumi dan meningkatk ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. I loved this book. The whole concept of designing products that will empower people, many made from locally available materials and not harmful to the environment is a joy and so needed. I know I am not alone in roaming the aisles of the grocery store in frustration while trying to find a basic product amidst the exploding varieties and variation of that product.

The essays in the Introduction were fascinating and each page of the products displayed such innovative thinking.

Some produc
Jordan Funke
Wow. I want to be a product designer or engineer after reading this book. I love the focus on good design done inexpensively and to help people. We have all heard about the $100 laptop and maybe the spider-like shoes that protect people from mine explosions. But this book has dozens more amazing designs that don't get press because they aren't created with the intention of making money. Flip through or read cover to cover and feel inspired and empowered.
Jan 18, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100 designs for products that improve people's lives, not for capitalistic profit. From simple, practical things like ceramic/dung water filters to complex water filters that create drinking water from moisture in the aire to boots that protect people from landmines. The creativity of some of these designs is amazing and makes you think just how far design can go to improve people's lives and not just get them to spend more money.
Mar 31, 2011 Minah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It shows what good design is for improving people's life and forcing into posive change not just for good looking or layout design. Designers(not just for designers I guess) must always ask what consequences a design creates from materials and energy use to toxicity, pollution, and social inequality.
Dec 16, 2015 Nastia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
Piloton had visited our school and gave a talk about design. Very awesome and down to earth person who knows her stuff.
The whole purpose of the book was to inspire ideas and focus on critical design. I think that design cannot change the world, but the book was a nice inspiration nevertheless
Stephen Collins
Not likely to be a cover-to-cover read, but certainly something to enjoy dicing into when you need some visual stimulation from an unexpected source.

When read in the context of Pilloton's TED Talk, all the more interesting.
Jan 19, 2010 Tech marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I think my "true calling" in life is to be an industrial designer of mediocre talent. A girl can dream.
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