Social Impact Design

Suncubator Concept

Suncubator Concept is an easy-to-use, solar-powered thermal bed for babies, born out of the need for regulating infant temperatures in underdeveloped areas where day and night temperature differences are extreme—possibly causing hypothermia; weakening immune systems; and if severe, even resulting in death. 

Designed by: Joon Kwon, Jihye Hong, Insup Yun, Minha Kwon and Usuk Lee of Geometry Global Korea

Contact: Joon Kwon

Fighting Ebola and Beyond

Fighting Ebola and Beyond: CORE Cooling Packs for Healthcare Workers Concept would nearly double the amount of time that aid workers can spend in their multi-layered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when responding to global pandemics in high-heat climates that can cause stroke, dehydration and fatigue. By using supplies already available in aid worker tents, aid workers could activate a cooling agent in a rubber glove centered around the palm of the hand, to provide up to 50 percent more time for rescue assignments. This concept is the result of a challenge issued by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in the wake of the devastating Ebola outbreak.

Designed by: Kathleen Brandenburg, Dan Kraemer, Michael Paterson, I/IDSA and Jon Levine of IA Collaborative

Contact: Lila J. Trickle

Subway Map for the Color Blind

Subway Map for the Color Blind is designed for the three percent of the population that is color blind and has difficulty identifying information visually. Original straight lines are redesigned into curves to show direction; routes are outlined to reduce confusion; and transfer stations are labeled with numbers for faster and easier recognition. Local characteristics are added with symbols, and the routes are drawn to represent the actual route as much as possible. The new map results in 50 percent faster transition upon arriving at an unfamiliar station for the colorblind; and by 20 percent for those who have regular vision. 

Designed by: HyoJung Kim, HyunSoo Kim, Rae Na, Geon Yang and HeeJeong Son of NAVER

Contact: Annie S. Cha

OneWeb User Terminal and Solar Array

OneWeb is working to provide high-speed internet access to every corner of the globe, even in areas lacking electricity or communications infrastructure, via a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites. The OneWeb solar-powered user terminals will be the local, land-based piece of OneWeb’s global connectivity solution. This concept combines satellite communications, Wi-Fi and cellular technologies, and a solar power source into a compact, self-contained solution.

Designed by: Matthew Bettman, Sherry Eckholm, Chris Harris, Vladlena Belozerova, Kenny Hsieh of Design Concepts, Inc. for OneWeb

Contact: William Dorr

One Foundation Disaster Relief Tent

Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan are some of the most disaster-stricken provinces in China, most often hit by earthquakes. In the aftermath, survivors still affected by the tragedy live in tents for more than a year under harsh conditions. Ensuring dignity, safety, comfort and practicality within this temporary living space is crucial. One Foundation—the first, private, charitable fundraising organization in China—set up this project to design a disaster relief tent that provides a better living experience, while expressing the One Foundation brand identity. The outcome is China's first disaster relief tent—entirely designed from a user-centered perspective, benefiting all the major stakeholders involved in its lifecycle.

Designed by: Jamy Yang, Xiaojing Huang and Tanchun Wang of Yang Design for One Foundation


Jacuzzi Hydrotherapy Shower

The Jacuzzi Hydrotherapy Shower is a walk-in, aging-in-place shower with novel hydrotherapy features that easily be installed easily in the standard 60” x 32” bathtub footprint found in many American homes. It provides consumers with a highly functional, safe showering space and fills a void in the marketplace for an affordable, elegant solution.

Designed by: Chris Murray, IDSA, Ed Mitchell and John Coleman of Bresslergroup; and Erica Moir of Jacuzzi


T2B Trash Bin

Trash goes in a trash bin. Now—there’s a trash bin that’s made out of recycled trash. The T2B Trash Bin is made of 0.85kg of discarded papers. It is made with 100 percent recycled paper pulp, without any wood or glue material, so it is a cradle-to-cradle design. Each T2B Trash Bin will cost under $5 to produce. It meets the En 10789 safety standards and uses the same eco-additive that is used to produce NHS wash bowls. It is fully waterproof for at least six hours. T2B Trash Bin is made from a single mold and simply assembled with the snap button. It can be produced on a large scale using little energy, making it much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than any other trash bin on the market.

Designed by: Sangmin Bae and ID+IM Design Laboratory




DripAssist is a battery-operated IV flow monitor and alarm that makes it easier for healthcare workers to deliver medications or fluids precisely and efficiently.  Many healthcare settings around the world (including some in the US) deliver medications to people without using an infusion pump. This means users manually set a flow rate using a clamp, while watching individual drops fall from a bag of fluid and counting those drops, calculating how many per minute equals the correct dosage rate, resulting in what research shows is very error prone process. The DripAssist eliminates the guesswork and tells the user precisely how fast the fluid is flowing, which allows the healthcare worker to know how much medication the patient is receiving. The device works with any standard infusion set, and it can calculate flow rate (mL/h), drops per minute (dp/m) and total volume (mL) of fluids administered. An alarm alerts the user when the flow rate falls outside a safe limit or stops, and a visual drop indicator to provide feedback to the user that the device is working correctly. The handheld, portable DripAssist runs off one AA battery, which makes it an ideal solution for everything from veterinarians to field medicine; from home health care to hospitals.

Designed by: Tactile of Shift Labs


Design Kit

Design Kit is an online tool for learning the methods and mindsets of human-centered design. It offers seven videos featuring experts on the philosophy of human-centered design; guidance on more than 50 design methods, with concrete examples of these methods in action; and case studies demonstrating successful implementation in the field. Design Kit is teaching practitioners how to create impactful solutions. With more than 71,000 members to date, the platform fosters a robust global community of problem solvers.

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The Wahl-O-Mat is an online tool that aims to assist and mobilize voters in Germany. A questionnaire on key issues is submitted to political parties, who respond stating whether they agree or disagree with various statements or take a neutral position. Voters can then respond to the same statements online. The Wahl-O-Mat shows users the parties they most agree with.

Designed by Armin Berger, Sonia Binder and Jennifer Rahn of 3pc GmbH Neue Kommunikation for Federal Agency for Civic Education

Contact: Sonia Binder -