Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
Back when we had Emily Pilloton on TreeHugger Radio, she got us all excited about the book she was working on. Now it's here. Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People (available from Amazon and Project H) is both visually stimulating and cerebrally satisfying as it surveys 100 products and initiatives that are making life better for real, live human beings. Design Revolution kicks off with a foreword by Allan Chochinov (editor of Core77 http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/02/allan-chochinovs-10-steps-for-sustainable-design.php), and is carried through by the deft aesthetic of Scott Stowell (the man who makes GOOD magazine look so good).Starting out as a product designer, Pilloton has taken on the role of design advocate, and her org, Project H Design, has fostered such humanitarian inventions as the Hippo Roller and Lifestraw (our slideshow has a good overview of key projects).
These, of course, are well featured in the book, along with gems like the BCK solar cooker, Club Watt (nightclub that generates power from action on the dance floor), special "spider boots" to wear while removing land mines, and HIV/AIDS education delivered over mobile devices. If you haven't had a chance to see Pilloton at venues such as Compostmodern or Greener Gadgets, Design Revolution is an opportunity to become immersed in the work of designers who give a damn.