“Design, at its root, is creative problem solving,” explains Tad Hirsch, UW School of Art advisor. “The goal is to analyze a problem holistically, looking at an entire system of interactions and experiences, and then locate intervention points where design can have an impact. The design could be a physical object, software…it could be almost anything.”
Here’s what a few University of Washington designers have envisioned…
A woman forced into prostitution against her will, with no plan or resources for escape, opens a feminine product in the privacy of a restroom. Inside the packaging she finds information for getting help and the phone number of a dedicated hotline. She tears off the phone number—disguised as a fortune cookie “lucky number” to avoid suspicion—and flushes the rest down the toilet, per package instructions. She leaves the restroom with an important lifeline and hope for the future.
It’s a design scenario five UW graduate students recently developed called The Pivot Project, aimed at combating human trafficking. The project won the 2013 Design Ignites Change Idea Award and is a finalist in the Industrial Designers Society of America’s Ideas competition.
As a UW graduate myself, I couldn’t be more excited about the design idea these students have created. Innovative and life-saving.
What more can you ask for?