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

A new look at how to end poverty in India.

Welcoming Dr. Paul Polak

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

2012: The Year in Construction

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

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

Design Indaba Online FilmFest

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

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

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

Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities

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

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

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

Suggestions for a crash course in development economics for social designers

Barbara Flanagan
Sleeping with the Fishes

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

Announcement of Design Impact Fellowship Program in India.

John Thackara
Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?

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

Julie Lasky
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa

Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development

Julie Lasky
Index Names Design Challenge Finalists

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

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

Meena Kadri
Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters

Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.

Maria Popova
The Language of Design Imperialism

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

The Editors
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary

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

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

Kate Andrews
Dori Gíslason
Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Menstruation Challenge Project proposed an “eco-system” whereby sanitary pads became a linchpin for local economic growth, for educational programs about health and hygiene and for research into materials that could be adapted to other countries.

Ernest Beck
Medellín, Colombia
Bryan Mealer, and William Kamkwamba
The Doers Club

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

Alexandra Lange
Waiting On the Dream

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

Debbie Millman
Grant McCracken

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

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

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