“The damage to roads and other infrastructure caused by natural disasters can prevent the rapid provision of shelter and aid materials to survivors. Parachutes, however, can be used for aid delivery and distribution. Parachute Shelter provides both an aid kit and a shelter.
The parachute itself was inspired by the structure of umbrellas. Its folding frame opens when the parachute is dropped from the supply plane, and allows the parachute to be utilized as a stiff shelter on the ground. The aid box contains food, clothing, and emergency medical supplies.”
“For years, businesses have used human-centered design to develop innovative solutions. Why not apply the same approach to overcome challenges in the nonprofit world?
The HCD Toolkit was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The free kit, available for download here, walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas. The process has led to innovations such as the HeartStart defibrillator, CleanWell natural antibacterial products, and the Blood Donor System for the Red Cross—all of which have enhanced the lives of millions of people.”
“Many common high chairs are designed with a particular age group in mind. The design tends to be rigid and inflexible. For OXO’s new Tot brand, we conceived their new chair from a Universal Design perspective to provide a solution to the widest range of children possible. The OXO Tot Sprout Chair is designed as an extended use chair that grows with your child and her developmental stages, from 6 months to 5 years.”