The MindShift blog interviews Doris Wells-Papanek, IDSA, on the Design Challenge 2013.
Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a public awareness campaign to combat hunger. These are just a few of examples of the types of tasks students are taking on when they participate in the Design Learning Challenge, an effort to get students to figure out how to solve real-world problems in their communities.
Creativity at a business has to be a process that involves people from different departments, tied together by an innovation culture, Charles Austen Angell, chairman-elect of the Industrial Designers Society of America, told an Executive Forum audience.
"There is nothing more important than a creative process," he said.
Plastic News profiles IDSA's Executive Director Dan Martinage about his new role at IDSA and his future plans for the society.
... Martinage spoke to the issue of advocacy. For starters, he said, the United States "absolutely" needs a national design strategy. "Advocacy is right up there, front and center, in our mission statement.… In my definition, advocacy is not only to promote the association to end users and so forth, but it's also to ensure that the profession remains viable.
To save an infant infected with HIV from its mother, you need to start administering drugs right away. But first you need to know if the infant has the virus, which can take weeks in rural Africa. A new service cuts that time down drastically, letting rural doctors begin treatment quickly.