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Paul Polak, and Mal Warwick
How to Solve India’s Poverty Crisis
11.12.13

A new look at how to end poverty in India.

Observed
Welcoming Dr. Paul Polak
04.08.13

Welcoming Dr. Paul Polak as a Design Observer contributing writer.

Observed
2012: The Year in Construction
03.19.13

Engineering News-Record, a weekly technical magazine that traces it's roots back to 1874, has announced the winners of their "2012 The Year In Contruction" photo competition.

Philip Nobel
Oops: Understanding Failure
03.12.13

A review of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, by Henry Petroski.

Observed
Design Indaba Online FilmFest
10.20.12

Design Indaba's online film festival features 10 of the Focus Forward short films.

William Drenttel, and OBlog
Update: Design For Change Goes Global
05.18.12

Design For Change, the international design project that gives young people a chance to make a design contribution in their villages and cities has now reached 34 countries, launched a new website and conference, as well as school and communities challenges.

Mark Lamster
Majority Report
10.31.11

Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities

Courtney Drake, William Drenttel, and Deirdre Cerminaro
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
10.27.11

This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.

Julie Lasky
Media Design Matters
10.12.11

Art Center offers a new graduate track in social design that combines communications and technologies strategies with field work.

Ramsey Ford
Expert Thinking About Global Aid
10.10.11

Suggestions for a crash course in development economics for social designers

Barbara Flanagan
Sleeping with the Fishes
08.08.11

Review of "Waltzing with Brando," an account of the actor's effort to inhabit and protect a Tahitian atoll.

Ramsey Ford
Design Impact Fellowship Program
04.06.11

Announcement of Design Impact Fellowship Program in India.

John Thackara
Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?
03.30.11

Ideas for remaking Basque country that go far beyond fancy architecture.

Julie Lasky
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa
01.13.11

Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development

Julie Lasky
Index Names Design Challenge Finalists
01.07.11

Among the seven projects dedicated to schoolchildren are educational games, classroom furniture and products that support comfort and hygiene.

Phil Patton
The Meek Shall Inherit the Market
10.04.10

Phil Patton writes in praise of frugal engineering, and not just for developing markets.

Meena Kadri
Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters
08.09.10

Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.

Maria Popova
The Language of Design Imperialism
07.29.10

Essay on the flawed language used to describe humanitarian design efforts and what it indicates.

The Editors
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary
07.16.10

Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.

Robert Fabricant
In Defense of Design Imperialism
07.15.10

Weighing in on a controversy, frog design's Robert Fabricant supports global design interventions.

Kate Andrews
Dori Gíslason
05.12.10

Interview with design educator Halldór Gíslason about his work in Mozambique.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge
Ernest Beck
Medellín, Colombia
Bryan Mealer, and William Kamkwamba
The Doers Club
09.09.09

Design prodigy William Kamkwamba recalls building a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa.

Alexandra Lange
Waiting On the Dream
07.29.09

I wrote a piece on the (lack of) development in Midtown West , also known as the Hudson Yards.

Debbie Millman
Grant McCracken
03.03.06

Grant McCracken is the author of Culture and Consumption IPlenitudeBig HairCulture and Consumption II: Markets, Meaning and Brand ManagementThe Long InterviewFlock and Flow, and Transforming Selves.  

Rob Walker
The Guts of a New Machine
11.30.03

The iPod, a digital music player, it weighing just 6.5 ounces and holding about 1,000 songs.


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