Design Revolution Road Show

Design Revolution Road Show

Jess Watson
Feb 1, 2010

Here at Apartment Therapy we spend a lot of time discussing beautiful design and beautiful things. Emily Pilloton wants to evolve that conversation by showing that design has the power to not only make the world around us look nicer, but also make the world around us better. She is taking 40 humanitarian design solutions on the road in a 1972 Airstream to 25 colleges and high schools as part of the Design Revolution Road Show.

Aiming to influence the next generation of designers (as well as practicing professionals) to tackle the world's most pressing problems , the Design Revolution Road Show kicks off today in Larkspur, CA, with more events in the Bay Area this week, and finishes mid-April in Ohio. Visits at each school will also include lectures and evidence of and tools for design for social impact. The Design Revolution Road Show is a Project H Design Initiative.

Tour Details
If you are interested in seeing the Airstream in person, it will be at Stanford University (Design Loft Courtyard, 454 Santa Teresa St, Stanford) on Tuesday, California College of the Arts (1111 8th Street, San Francisco) on Wednesday and the Academy of Art University (601 Brannan Street, San Francisco) on Thursday. More information about these events is available here.

While the tour is hitting up schools around the country, viewing of the Airstream is open to the public. Check out the full itinerary here to see if it is coming to your neck of the woods.

(Emily and her partner will be living out of the Airstream while on tour. Next week we will have details about exactly how the two live out of 15% of the space.)

Design Revolution Products
The Road Show is featuring 40 of the 100 products featured in Emily's book, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. These products cover the range from appropriate technologies in the developing world to retail and consumer goods that improve life. Here's a sample of some of the products that are highlighted.

Home Hero Fire Extinguisher: Designed as an alternative to the unsightly and cumbersome red fire extinguisher, the Home Hero Fire Extinguisher features a chic and compact design that will look great featured in any kitchen so it is readily available if fire does strike.

Mesu Portion Control Bowls: On a particularly lazy night, while trying to eat within her diet's portion constraints, Jennifer Panepinto ate right out of her measuring cups. That's when inspiration struck and the Mesu Portion Control Bowls were created. Each set comes with a set of six porcelain bowls ranging from 1/2 cup to 2 cups.

Sink Positive Toilet Sink: Taking advantage of the clean water flowing into your toilet's tank, the Sink Positive Toilet Sink installs easily on top of your toilet to provide a small sink for hand washing. Once the water is used, the grey water is then used when flushing your toilet. With a touch-free faucet, the sink encourages immediate hand washing while saving up to two gallons of water per person per day.

Solio Classic Universal Portable Solar Charger: This multi-device charger is compatible with over 3,200 devices, but takes its energy directly from the sun when its three blades are unfolded. The Solio classic is able to hold a charge for up to a year, but in instances when sun is not available it is able to be charge via USB or from an optional wall charger.

The Lifesaver Bottle: The Lifesaver bottle is capable of taking worst case scenario water and purifying it to remove all levels of micro-biological contamination. As clean drinking water can be impossible to find during natural disasters or in developing countries, the Lifesaver bottle removes the need to carry around a heavy supply of water. Jerry cans that carry up to 5 gallons of water are also available and can provide enough safe drinking water for a family of 4 for up to 5 years.

More about Emily Pilloton and Project H:
In January of 2008, with a few hundred 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 generation of design activists," she wrote in an influential manifesto. "We need big hearts, bigger business sense, and the bravery to take action now."

Emily was recently on the Colbert Report. Watch the interview here where Emily showcases some other products including Spider Shoes and the Hippo Roller.

(Image credits: Design Revolution images from Project H Design's Photostream; product images from product websites)

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