Project duration: 2012
2012 | RCA Dissertation Distinction (Available in the Royal College of Art Library)
Thesis focusing on the role of the designer in impoverished areas of the world.
During my undergraduate degree in 2008 I designed a generator that impoverished and remote communities could use to improve their everyday lives. The concept (called the Universal Generator) addressed the need to provide electricity and therefore had the potential to bring significant benefit to deprived communities. The Universal Generator was successful within many award programs, yet never made it to market as a comercial product. Consequently like many well-intended concepts full of asperations it will be unable to deliver any positive impact.
This experience caused me to consider how often and how much design fulfils its stated aims and objectives. Design for development is a growing area, but how often do the solutions that claim to have the potential to achieve so much, actually do so?
In this paper, I would like to explore and understand the appropriate role of designers in addressing problems of those living in poverty, and examine what methods and approaches we should use in design to deliver the most relevant and successful plans that can be implemented in a sustainable manner.
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