Social Impact Design


swasher represents the next generation of air-purification technology beyond HEPA filters. It uses cyclone dust collection technology that lets you see the vortex of water with the naked eye. 

Designed by:  Sunun Lee of GONGGONG Co.,Ltd.

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Smart Start ORBIS™

ORBIS redefines the landscape of alcohol-monitoring devices. It combines advanced transdermal alcohol and GPS monitoring technology in a single attractive wrist-wearable device. 

Designed by:HS Design Team for SmartStart, LLC

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Bridge School: Relocatable School Building

The Bridge School is a relocatable school building product that bridges learning gaps caused by school renovation by providing high-quality learning spaces. 

Designed by:  Keon-Woo Kang, Dong Woo Kim, and Chea Young Kim of NRB Inc.

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Movable “Huo-Yan” Product Series

The mobile “Huo-Yan” series provides a set of prevention and diagnosis products for nucleic acid testing for the prevention and control of epidemics in various countries. The solutions include laboratories and isolation wards that can quickly respond to outbreak needs through an internal negative-pressure environment and a stowable, foldable format. The testing equipment is prefabricated inside the Huo-Yan Cube Laboratory, which is placed on a vehicle and can be driven on site for localized screening as soon as demand is received; then the Huo-Yan Air Laboratory is transported by air to the demand site, inflated, and set up for mass testing.

Designed by: Wurong Chen, Wenqi Li, Ye Yin, and Junxiang Chen for BGI Genomics Co., Ltd.

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YONGSAN: In search of the hidden city

The Yongsan Cultural Center in Seoul, South Korea, organized the “In search of the hidden city” exhibition to portray the historyConsu of refugees during the Korean War. The exhibit was held both offline in a 3,500-square foot gallery space and online through a virtual 3D gallery space. The offline exhibit relays the history and culture, while the online exhibit shares the stories from people’s lives. The exhibition was built with two purposes: First, to prevent war through lessons from the Korean War and hope for peaceful reunification between North and South Korea. Second, to understand and appreciate the pain and history of people’s ancestors hidden in the city.

Designed by: Hae-Ji Kang, Yong-Seuk Lee, Ji-Su Choi, Chae-Jeong Lee, and Yoon-Jin Kim of ADHESIVE Corp. for YONGSAN Cultural Center

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Human Friendly Mug

This affordable coffee mug was designed to fit every hand, regardless of its shape or capabilities, reinforcing the idea that the products we use every day should be designed with everyone in mind. 

Designed by: Amin Hasani and Jed Tango

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Badger Shield Open Source PPE

Badger Shield is an open-source face shield platform designed to rapidly distribute desperately needed personal protection equipment (PPE) to smaller medical facilities and essential workers. Global supply chains imploded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was a dire shortage of PPE for frontline workers. Badger Shield was designed in days and uploaded to the internet. Healthcare systems requested 5.5 million units within weeks of launch. An online portal matched requests with manufacturers, and the world went to work. Production lines in 22 countries, representing 400 manufacturers, from giants like Apple to local outfits like Midwest Prototyping, combined to make 2 million per day.

Designed by: Jesse Darley of Delve, Brian Ellison of Midwest Prototyping, and Lennon Rodgers of University of Wisconsin Makerspace

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Circular Plastics – Returning Waste to Use in Africa

Circular Plastics is a collaboration between three universities and one NGO in the UK with project partners in Kenya, Rwanda, and Nigeria. Together they developed a technology-led strategy to reduce waste by transforming used plastic water bottles into products that support entrepreneurship in low-to-middle-income countries. The team devised an extruding process that converts polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from plastic bottles into 3D printer filament. To date, six innovative products have been launched that support self-sufficiency and economic development in the agriculture, mineral extraction, fishing, and mobility sectors in LMIC areas.

Designed by: Mark Evans, Timothy Whitehead, Oliver Evans, and Guy Armstrong of Loughborough University UK and Aston University UK

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Yulindog is a piece of sculpture made from 230 dog bones collected from dog-meat restaurants, markets, and stalls. It was created to advocate for canceling the Dog Eating Festival held in Yulin, China.

Designed by: Danny Li, Minglei Miao, Yu Gao, Yiqiang Liang and Yini Ma of Mcgarrybowen Shanghai for Honeycare

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Easy, Affordable Vision Screening for Developing Countries

Access to eye care is taken for granted in the West, but for over 2.5 billion people living in smaller communities in developing countries, little help is available. ClickCheck is an intuitive device for self-diagnosing eyesight. With a production cost of $5, it is cost effective for NGOs to distribute in developing countries. ClickCheck was designed for the social and cultural environment it aims to aid. It is passed from person to person without the need for a professional. The ultra-simplicity and low cost of this solution has made it a success where other vision screening apps or kits have met barriers to entry.

Designed by: Paul Hatch, FIDSA, Andreas Bell, Holly Howes, Ross Brinkman and Eric Wiegman of TEAMS Design for Essilor

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