Zeke Franco

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7 Worst International Aid Ideas

Good article. The design field has been pushing organizations to do more research with the folks they are attempting to create solutions for. Using human centered design methods could really help out with these aid ideas. Using design thinking in charitable organizations/campaigns has been growing over the last decade. In 2011 IDEO put together a HCD toolkit for people designing in these fields.

Interestingly there does seem to be a market for used t-shirts. (NPR: The Afterlife of American Clothes) I think the donated t-shirt problem is more like the Tom's problem. i.e. Giving away a product could take away jobs or reduce the market for those goods. This has also happened in Africa with mosquito nets. Women with small children could get nets for free from charitable organizations, which made selling nets by local merchants impractical, which meant other people in the region couldn't buy a mosquito net.

Let's hope more people start thinking and researching for the people they are hoping to help.

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We Are Not The World: Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Given the data, they concluded that social scientists could not possibly have picked a worse population from which to draw broad generalizations. Researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.

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Kim Goodwin – Developing Effective Scenarios

Combining storytelling with research data can help you craft realistic scenarios to guide your design process. Getting to know the specific needs of your users allows you to address any potential problems they may have. As a consultant, Kim Goodwin uses her experience and expertise in working with teams to develop effective scenarios. In this podcast, Kim discusses the role that scenarios play in the design process with Jared Spool.

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Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster

You can definitely tell this was designed by a team of people who thought about the toasting process. It has a "Auto Lift and Look" button that allows you to see what color your toast is. It also has "A bit More" button that is timed to make the toast just a tad darker. Lastly, it has a great industrial design. $129

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