Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Designs for People

It's nice to occasionally run across good news. The image above may look like a sad scene to most americans but the child is smiling, why is that? Because that heavy looking thing he is pulling is 20 gallons of water, which is far more than a child would normally be able to carry, or even most adults. Its one of the favorites of a new design movement to design things to help the poorest among us. The concept is great, instead of only trying to make things aesthetically pleasing to the top 5% lets use the power of design to help the bottom 50%. They also had inexpensive human powered water pumps so that farmers could irrigate their crops, this way they can feed themselves and maybe even earn a little money. Thank you to FLD for finding this, even if it started with some less than happy news...

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